T-Mobile exempts streaming video from some data caps

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NEW YORK (AP) — Streaming video from Netflix, HBO and other leading services will no longer count toward data limits under T-Mobile's higher data plans.

T-Mobile worked with the service providers to optimize video streams so that they maintain DVD-level quality on a phone without transmitting as much data. DVD quality is short of high definition that many phones are capable of displaying.

All customers get the optimization for free. Unlimited video streaming is restricted to those who have data plans of at least 3 gigabytes per person. T-Mobile CEO John Legere says those with smaller plans probably weren't streaming much video anyway.

T-Mobile already exempts many streaming music services from data limits, but audio doesn't use as much data as video.

Existing customers will automatically get the deal when it starts next week.