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Verizon now offering free video streaming through its g90 video content platform

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Verizon now offering free video streaming through its g90 video content platform
Following in T-Mobile's footsteps, Verizon now allows its postpaid subscribers to stream video without the traffic being counted towards the monthly data quota.

Unlike T-Mobile, which can automatically detect when the user streams video from an approved partner, Verizon's free video streaming will be offered exclusively through its own go90 video content platform.

Back in October, Verizon launched go90 as a video platform that integrates both original and third-party content. The carrier says that the free streaming service will essentially make use of its FreeBee Data sponsored data program, which allows content creators to pay for the data used up by their visitors/customers. Although Verizon says that any content creator can sign up and use the FreeBee Data program, it's worth noting that Verizon itself runs the go90 video platform.

It should be also mentioned that Verizon's free video streaming service will be available exclusively to postpaid subscribers. T-Mobile extends its free video streaming service to its prepaid customers while also throwing in a free music streaming service.

It will be interesting to see if Verizon's new free video streaming service will avoid becoming a target for the FCC. Neutrality-minded tech experts have often criticized T-Mobile's for its Binge-On and Music Freedom offerings, but the FCC has yet to take action to block the services.

Until net neutrality experts weigh in their opinion on the legality of Verizon's go90 free streaming service, feel free to drop us a comment and share your thoughts on the matter. Should some video creators be allowed to reap in the benefits of a Verizon partnership that would make their content much more attractive to postpaid subscribers?

source: go90

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posted on 07 Feb 2016, 10:09

2. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


Verizon scared. Lmfao

T-Mobile stay leading these carriers.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 10:19

3. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1923; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


According to the web definition:

http://lmbtfy.com/?q=define+net+neutrality

"Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favouring or blocking particular products or websites."

In other words, Net Neutrality would be violated only if these streaming services were being FORCED on the user. In which case there would be no option to "enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favouring or blocking particular products or websites". Which clearly isn't the case with neither T-Mobile nor Verizon here.

If ALL data is being treated the same, then we wouldn't be able to have the following:

- Unlimited music streaming via Spotify/Pandora apps.
- Optimized and free Video streaming like Binge-On offers.
- Carrier SmartPhone apps that allow us manage and track our account usage from our SmartPhones without consuming our own data.

No need to be demanding everyone lose such good, optional and free service just 'cause you don't like it. That'll be using Net Neutrality as excuse for dictatorship. Jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 10:45 2

5. tacarat (Posts: 724; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


You overlooked the "favoring" part in the first paragraph. Binge-on doesn't discriminate on a source. Verizon will.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 11:19 2

8. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1923; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Right, very good point there. Verizon is allowing any content creator, not any content provider on the internet (misinterpreted that earlier), which indeed makes a big difference between Binge On and g90.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 11:42 1

14. tacarat (Posts: 724; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


Points to you :). Many just hide their heads in the sand.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 10:48 3

6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2086; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Exempting their own video service from data caps, while every other one is charged to the data cap, is where they break Net Neutrality. It won't last a month if the FCC is already looking at Binge-On, which is far less discriminatory.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 11:27 2

10. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1923; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Agreed, see post #8.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 11:24

9. elitewolverine (Posts: 5018; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


All data via tmo is treated the same. The data stream on Netflix even when not counting against data caps is 480p+ while youtube is also 480p+. There is no charge to join the service either. So anyone can join. TMO goal is for more and more and more to join so they can simply say...no data cap other than fair use

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 11:34 1

12. tacarat (Posts: 724; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


Opt out throttling. I like it as an option. I have two kids and have considered putting them on 2G smartphones for this. Basically that means getting an import with incorrect lte bands. I wonder if they've improved coverage here yet.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 11:47 1

15. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2086; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


It's good that there is an opt-out mechanism but as I do about all decisions like this, I feel it should be opt-in. Most of the folks who come to tech sites wouldn't see a difference, but the average consumer just doesn't know or understand.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 13:11

20. elitewolverine (Posts: 5018; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


They sent out sms about it, and you can opt out in many ways. So they were not blind siding customers.

The nice thing is that you can turn it on and off at will for the random sites that don't work.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 15:42

24. Blazers (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Only after the fact. If it hadn't been noticed, they probably wouldn't have said a thing.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 15:38

23. Blazers (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


That's what t-mobile is counting on......that your average user won't even notice or care, and will inadvertently ease the strain on their network. Very AT$T of them lol

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:47 1

18. tedkord (Posts: 9942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Again, all data is not being treated the same, with either carrier. It doesn't matter if it's free to join, net neutrality requires all data regardless of source to be treated exactly the same. If data from one source counts and data from another doesn't, it's not the same. They're even treating video data different than website data. Every bit that gets transmitted is supposed to be delivered in the same manner.

I'm not necessarily against it (though I do think Verizon is being blatant here and needs to be slapped down immediately), but the rule is the rule. The carrier shouldn't even be looking at the data, it should just be a pipe.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 13:15

21. elitewolverine (Posts: 5018; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You are confusing the rules.

With TMO, when they deliver any Video through their service, by ANY site. It is all delivered at the SAME data rate. That is what net neutrality is all about.

It only breaks the rule that when on the SAME service plan, that the provider would say, ok Amazon you get 23Mb/s for your UHD videos, but Hulu...you only get 10Mb/s, have fun. They don't. They deliver the data at 1.5Mb/s when it is on. No matter the provider.

How they decide to charge the CUSTOMERS bucket, is all up to them and doesn't break a single net neutrality rule because they are not stopping ANY services from reaching the device.

TMO also doesn't look at the data, their network has a detection response, meaning that when the server requests the speed of the network for video playback, NO MATTER THE SOURCE, it reports back at 1.5Mb/s~ as to force the content provider to push 480p~ to the device channel. It is also why forcing HD playback during any video with it on, will chug because it is only being delivered at SD speeds.

It is a fine line, but they are doing nothing wrong according to the rules, tmo that is.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 13:28

22. tedkord (Posts: 9942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


ALL data. Not all video data. And if one source counts and another doesn't, it violates the rule.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 10:43 2

4. tacarat (Posts: 724; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


T-mo is freeing up multiple content sources and isn't favoring just their own offering. Verizon is. Maybe red is trying to force the issue in a way that doesn't seem like a direct attack on T-Mobile.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 10:48

7. cripton805 (Posts: 1416; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Honestly, I believe prepaid customers should have better incentives over post paid. The way things are now, they're almost the same anyway. Except, Verizon doesn't have to fork over credit for the month and hope you pay at the end of it. I don't get why I wouldn't be able to purchase any VZW phone on an installment plan on a prepaid account. Like the way they do post paid.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 11:36

13. tacarat (Posts: 724; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


Your credit may be fine, but not everybody else's. Besides, what's the incentive to go postpaid?

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 11:32 1

11. jsjammu (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Nov 2014)


Just bring back the unlimited plan Verizon. You know you want to and in a few months you will have to so be a champ and start offering it to your customers.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:41 1

17. tedkord (Posts: 9942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They absolutely do not want to. They want to restrict of even further. You can't squeeze more money out of unlimited.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:04

16. VLaRueC (Posts: 174; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


So this is old news. When PA isn't fawning all over T-Mo, they forget that other carriers have news as well..

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:49 1

19. tedkord (Posts: 9942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I checked out Go90 before. It blows. Free or not, it's not worth using.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 19:07

26. BRYLYNT (Posts: 79; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Hopefully this will eventually bring back affordable unlimited data. Otherwise i see no good coming from this blatant disregard of net neutrality.

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