AT&T and GoPhone Stream Saver, Compressed Video Streaming, Launching Early Next Year
AT&T has announced a new data saving feature called Stream Saver. With Stream Saver, customers will be able to prolong usage of their high speed data on smartphones and tablets since streaming of video content will be compressed to DVD quality. New AT&T’s feature will be available for its prepaid customers on GoPhone, too. AT&T and GoPhone Stream Saver will launch at the beginning of 2017.
AT&T and GoPhone Stream Saver
Customers will be able to turn Stream Saver on and off whenever they want. When it’s turned on, streaming of video content will be capped at 1.5 Mbps, which is equivalent of around 480p resolution. This feature will work on GoPhone plans that include data and on those that have data packages added. The exception will be pay-per-minute plans and the Car Connection 2.0 plan.
AT&T said that it will notify customers when Stream Saver becomes available. Ones it’s launched, customers won’t be needed to take any action to get access to the new feature. The carrier will also provide instructions on how to turn the feature off and back on so that customers can control which video they want to stream at high definition and which is good enough at DVD quality to save data. AT&T won’t charge users for using the new data saving feature or for enabling and disabling it.
In addition, the quality of music streaming won’t be affected by the Stream Saver.
Comparing Stream Saver To Other Saving Data Features
AT&T and GoPhone Stream Saver will have the same purpose as Data Maximizer on MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s prepaid brand. Data Maximizer streams video content at 480p and that way saves data up to three times. T-Mobile’s Bingo On differs as it allows free video streaming on postpaid and most prepaid plans, which means that streaming doesn’t count against plan’s high speed data. Walmart Family Mobile that’s T-Mobile powered and recently acquired by TracFone Wireless, offers a similar feature, the Data Saver. Data Saver is a limited time offer.