Verizon Experimenting With Netflix / YouTube Video Throttling

UPDATE (July 23rd, 2017): Experiment Seemingly Over We can confirm that as of this morning, it seems as if Verizon has stopped experimentally throttling video streams. The line we had witnessed consistently capped at 10Mbps is now humming along at 30+ Mbps. Some have speculated that Verizon only backed down from the throttling because of […]

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Netflix Adds ‘Offline’ Mode for Windows 10 Users

Netflix began offering customers the option to download videos to watch later on mobile devices via its Android and iOS apps late last year. Now, that feature is making the jump for downloading on a Windows 10 PC. To be able to download on a PC, users must use the Windows 10 app. Users who have the most recent version […]

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The Resurgence of Unlimited Data: A Crazy Week In Review

Last week was the busiest ever here at the RV Mobile Internet Resource Center – starting with Verizon’s surprise announcement that it was bringing back unlimited data plans. This started a chain reaction – with every other carrier scrambling to respond with new or updated unlimited plans of their own. Here is a quick recap of the […]

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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

UPDATE: February 2017 We’ve received several reports that AT&T is at last rolling out Stream Saver widely to customers, even those with unlimited data plans. If you are on a data-limited plan, this means that your AT&T plan will now last longer while watching video before running out of data. But if you are on […]

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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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