Netflix admits to throttling mobile video speeds, will launch data-saver

Mobile data is precious, but video streaming consumes tons of it. Unbeknownst to anyone else, Netflix has been addressing the issue: The service confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that, for the past five years, it has been throttling video speeds across most wireless providers (including AT&T and Verizon), capping streaming quality at 600 kilobits per second. Netflix has long been a proponent of open-Internet “net-neutrality” rules, and many are charging the company with hypocrisy. AT&T exec Jim Cicconi even said that his company is “outraged.” Netflix says it was merely trying to “protect consumers from exceeding mobile data caps.” The company also announced that, this May, it will be launching a new mobile data saver for its app, allowing users to manually adjust the quality of their video stream – and therefore the amount of data they consume.

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