YouTube doesn't like T-Mobile's low-quality video scheme | Mobile Video Challenges Worldwide |
The program, which launched last month, prevents T-Mobile subscribers from streaming HD video and in exchange allows them to stream video from Netflix, HBO Go, and a number of other services without having it count toward their data cap. Notably, YouTube is not part of that program. But its video is being downgraded to around 480p quality anyway, and it would prefer that not be the case. In a statement provided to The Wall Street Journal, YouTube says, "Reducing data charges can be good for users, but it doesn’t justify throttling all video services, especially without explicit user consent."