2016 RV Mobile Internet Year in Review & Looking Forward Into 2017

2016 has been a good year for staying connected. It has never been easier to get online in more places than ever – but the number of options and the tradeoffs between them remains as overwhelming as always. Things may be getting faster, data more bountiful, and connectivity better overall – but the world of RV Mobile […]

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Netflix Introduces ‘Offline’ Mode

As hopes for the ‘perfect’ mobile internet plan (i.e. low cost, fast, reliable, widespread, unlimited) continue to go largely unanswered, we can find some solace in a new offering by Netflix. Netflix just announced an offline feature, which allows Netflix members to download a selection of their library in addition to streaming- at no extra cost. Streaming and downloading […]

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AT&T Announces DirecTV Now: Unlimited Cellular Streaming, No Dish Required

AT&T on Monday afternoon announced its long awaited new online version of its DirecTV satellite TV service: DirecTV Now. Now at last RVers can stream 100+ channels of DirecTV content without needing to worry about signing long-term contracts, or carting around and aiming a portable satellite dish. And if you are on AT&T cellular – you can […]

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AT&T Announces “Stream Saver” Video Resolution Limiting Feature

AT&T has a knack for taking good ideas from T-Mobile, and then copying them in a way that makes things just a bit worse for customers. First it was with rollover data – when T-Mobile’s “Data Stash” came out allowing customers to bank unused data for up to a year, a month later AT&T debuted […]

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Free Streaming Update: AT&T’s “Data Free TV” & Verizon’s NFL Mobile Partnership

AT&T late last week announced a major new initiative for DirecTV customers likely to be of interest to some RVers: Data Free TV: Video streaming that does not count against your monthly usage limits! Not to be outdone – Verizon also announced that it was sponsoring the NFL Mobile App to let Verizon customers: “Watch live local and […]

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Sprint Rolls Out “Unlimited Freedom” Plan, With Some Big Limits

Just hours after T-Mobile rolled out the new T-Mobile One plan this morning, Sprint responded by announcing a major new cellular plan of its own: Unlimited Freedom. The Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan is a price drop from Sprint’s current $75/mo unlimited smartphone plan, and undercuts T-Mobile’s new T-Mobile One plan in two substantial ways. Not only is […]

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Amazon Video Update Lets Androids Download Bulk Offline Video

Amazon was one of the first streaming video services to offer the ability to download shows for later viewing offline – rolling that feature out last September in an update to the Amazon Instant Video App for iOS and Android. This is a very handy feature for RVers who are frequently on data-limited or unreliable […]

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Netflix Debuts Cellular Data Usage Controls

Making good on the promised May release – Netflix today rolled out a new Cellular Data Usage Controls feature that has been under limited public testing since March. In the past – the Netflix app over cellular on most carriers throttled itself to around 600kbps, which limited streaming video resolution to 384p, well below DVD quality. […]

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Amazon Challenges Netflix with $8.99/mo Prime Video

For many, the core feature of Amazon’s $99/year Amazon Prime program has always been the free two-day shipping – which many RVers have learned to take advantage of for fast reliable shipping to just about anywhere. We even use it to buy groceries and cat food! But over the years Amazon has added other perks to […]

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Premium STARZ TV Service Launches Stand-Alone App with Download Ability

  In the past year, we’ve seen a trend of premium TV stations launching stand-alone apps that customers can subscribe to without being a cable, satellite or DSL customer. HBO launched HBONow last spring (just in time for Game of Thrones), followed by Showtime. This is wonderful for cord cutters who aren’t subscribing to content packages […]

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YouTube Joins T-Mobile’s Binge On

Last November, T-Mobile launched Binge On – a way for consumers to watch video streaming services over cellular while using much less data. Additionally, all T-Mobile postpaid plans with at least 3GB of high speed data include FREE video streaming of partner services when using Binge On – without using up your monthly high speed data […]

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Netflix “Mobile Data Saver” Feature Coming Soon

Netflix has been hinting since February about an upcoming feature called “Mobile Data Saver” designed to help users reduce the amount of data consumed streaming shows on the go. Netflix tests features by temporarily turning them on for a small percentage of customers, and this week a lot of people reported seeing a “Mobile Data Saver” option […]

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AT&T Teases Future DirecTV Plans – No Dish Required

AT&T (which has owned DirecTV since last July) this week announced its intention to launch three new DirecTV plans that will give customers streaming access to DirecTV content over the internet – with no satellite TV subscription or bulky dish required. AT&T claims you will be able to watch from “virtually any device”, and explains: “Our […]

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Verizon Makes go90 Free To Stream – Without Burning Any Data

Earlier than many expected – an app update today revealed that Verizon has decided to test the limits of the FCC’s network neutrality rules by making its own go90 video video service free to stream over LTE – without burning any data. This of course gives the otherwise unremarkable go90 app a huge competitive advantage […]

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