Netflix is admitting that it has been downgrading video quality on wireless networks like AT&T and Verizon.
The world’s largest streaming video service has been throttling video quality for over fire years, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Netflix told The Journal that this practice, which lowers the quality of video streams to just 600 kilobits-per-second, is meant to “protect consumers from exceeding mobile data caps.”
Netflix said that watching two hours of HD would use up to 6 gigabytes of data, quickly leading to overages for customers.
The company says it doesn’t throttle video for T-Mobile or Sprint because “historically those two companies have had more consumer-friendly policies.”
T-Mobile and Sprint Wireless are both popular among buyers who are seeking unlimited data plans at cutthroat rates.