YouTube claims T-Mobile is throttling its video traffic

It appears T-Mobile's new Binge On is ruffling some more feathers, as YouTube has claimed T-Mobile is "throttling" its traffic. Binge On, which launched in November, lets users stream video from partners at reduced quality without hitting their data allotment. The problem is YouTube isn't yet a Binge On partner, but the company says its video is still being downgraded. From The Wall Street Journal:

YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., said T-Mobile is effectively throttling, or degrading, its traffic. "Reducing data charges can be good for users, but it doesn't justify throttling all video services, especially without explicit user consent," a YouTube spokesman said.

YouTube hasn't provided any evidence to back up the claim, but as the report notes, YouTube isn't yet a Binge On partner due to technical problems with detecting incoming YouTube videos.

T-Mobile tells The Wall Street Journal that both companies have been in contact about the problem, but it's possible that this technical issue is part of the problem. It's also possible that, as YouTube claims, T-Mobile's network simply isn't differentiating between partner and non-partner streaming, throttling all incoming video.

In any case, have you noticed any issues streaming high-quality YouTube videos on T-Mobile's network since Binge On hit the scene? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Wall Street Journal