The recent revelation that Netflix has been slowing down video streams on AT&T and Verizon for five years proves that smartphone users don't require high-resolution streams, T-Mobile CEO John Legere says today in a new video message.
"I've been saying all along that high-def on a small device is a waste of data," Legere says. My point on resolution has been effectively made here. No customers at AT&T or Verizon noticed for five full years."
Legere's interpretation of the news comes near the end of a five-minute video promoting T-Mobile. He also announced in the video that Binge On -- a controversial "zero-rating" service that lets consumers stream unlimited video from certain companies -- has added new partners to its roster.
The new companies participating in Binge On include Nickelodeon, Dailymotion, EPIX, Spike and TV Land. They join a roster that includes HBO, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, Amazon and YouTube.
Net neutrality advocates have criticized Binge On, arguing that it harms competition as well as free expression online.
T-Mobile has always said that any video providers can join Binge On for free, if they meet the company's technical requirements.
But the service has proven controversial for several reasons, including that it automatically throttles video streams offered by all companies -- not just the participants -- to 1.5 Mbps. High-definition video typically requires faster connections.
Legere has repeatedly said that smartphone users won't notice any degradation of video on Binge On. The company also points out that customers can turn the service on or off at will. In other words, if people needs to access high-definition video, they can temporarily turn off Binge On.
The Federal Communications Commission recently questioned T-Mobile about Binge On, but has not publicly criticized the program.