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AT&T downgrades video high quality on cellular with ‘Stream Saver’

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AT&T simply launched a brand new “function” very like T-Cellular’s Binge On that may mechanically throttles all video streams to a decrease decision and bandwidth except you decide out of it. They name it Stream Saver, and sure, it applies to “limitless” knowledge plans.

All video streams it detects, as soon as it goes into impact subsequent yr, can be restricted to 1.5 Mbps. This could assist them — sorry, you — preserve knowledge and keep away from working out of your restricted limitless knowledge allowance. And actually, who actually wants higher than “high quality just like DVD” on their cellphone or pill’s 1080p display?

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The info will nonetheless rely towards your month-to-month utilization, although. So whereas this qualifies as throttling, it isn’t “zero-rating,” which (as with packages from T-Cellular and Dash) prevents that streaming knowledge from counting in any respect.

Meaning it’s much less of a comfort, but additionally much less of an affront to internet neutrality — though T-Cellular’s scary claims that it was selecting and selecting which suppliers could be zero-rated turned out to be false (all video was being throttled, “companion” or in any other case). In fact, AT&T does zero-rate different stuff — simply not right here.

Make no mistake, AT&T is making an attempt to cut back load on their community by mechanically reducing video streams all the way down to a constancy degree we left behind years in the past. You must obtain a message whenever you’ve been opted into Stream Saver; you must be capable to choose out with no penalty.

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