High quality video streaming to be cut for Verizon customers

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Meanwhile, existing customers can keep their unlimited plans, but their video quality is now limited to 720p as well. Verizon specifically cited the introduction of Unlimited plans as the reason why the company saw 356,000 new phone lines added in Q2, versus 86,000 a year before.

You're grandfathered into a previous unlimited plan if you have one, and you'll actually get 5GB more data at LTE speeds (15GB total) than you did before. So the only reasonable explanation I can see for throttling video to 1080p - even on the most expensive plan - is that it was causing problems for the network.

That might sound like a good thing, considering it's $5 cheaper than before, but there's a huge caveat to this new "Go Unlimited" option: Verizon will throttle all smartphone video streaming to DVD-quality 480p and cap tablet streaming at 720p, the news outlets report. Subscribers of this plan get free calling, texting, and data in Mexico and Canada.

For an extra $10 per month on the Beyond Unlimited plan, customers will get unlimited 4G data that will only be slowed in instances of congestion after 22 GB of usage in one month (though that cap jumps to 25 GB for customers who sign a two-year contract). The higher video quality of 720p on phones and 1080p on tablets will be available on Verizon's "Beyond Unlimited" plan, which is $85 a month for a smartphone connection and another $20 for a tablet.

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Now, for Verizon customers, it won't matter if your phone can support it; you still can't get 1080p or 4K video if you're using LTE data. "Moving forward, HD video on all legacy plans will also match Beyond Unlimited's HD quality". Most data plans will get 720p video on smartphones, but customers won't have any option to completely un-throttle video. You can still view HD videos when accessing Wi-Fi networks.

1080p will be the highest resolution provided on tablets, effectively ruling out 4K video on Verizon's mobile network. Well, these claims are entirely baseless when you have a high-end smartphone with a screen that does justice to the 1080p full HD video quality. "Our network has never been stronger", Klein said. At the time, Verizon stated, "We've been doing network testing over the past few days to optimize the performance of video applications on our network.The test was across the board, and did not target any individual applications".

The FCC allowed similar video throttling systems to continue even under former Chairman Tom Wheeler, who instituted the net neutrality rules in 2015.

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