Google was one of the few streaming giants that didn’t give in to T-Mobile’s Binge On when it launched last year, and it called out the company for modifying its own videos without permission. Now, the search giant is bringing YouTube and Google Play Movies & TV to the service after reaching a new agreement with the carrier.
The deal, which makes it possible to stream from Google’s video library on a cellular connection without using up your data, comes with a few caveats for T-Mobile. For one, the carrier is making it a lot easier and quicker to opt out of Binge On. Instead of navigating through multiple menus, you can turn off the service with a quick SMS code, two taps on the T-Mobile app, or just one tap on the company’s website.
Additionally, video services that decide not to join Binge On can now opt-out entirely, meaning T-Mobile won’t modify their streams and lower the quality as long as they meet certain identification requirements. The carrier has also agreed to work with other video services that want to optimize their streams to consume less data.
Beyond YouTube and Google Play, T-Mobile is adding a handful of other services to Binge On, including Baeble Music, Discovery GO, ESNE TV, FilmOn.TV, Fox Business, KlowdTV and Red Bull TV. The company says it now covers 70 percent of all video services watched by its customers on their mobile devices. We’re still not totally sold on this service, but with Google’s help it looks like T-Mobile is taking a step in the right direction.