Skip to comments.The Free Ride Is Over For Streaming Video (No longer will users be able to endlessly stream)
Posted on 05/19/2012 6:14:24 PM PDT by AmonAmarth
Comcasts plans to do away with its 250 GB data cap and charge users based upon usage marks the end of an era for cable TV providers, and for the online video industry. No longer will users be able to endlessly stream all the content their hearts desire. Not just that, but the fact that usage-based pricing is arriving at the same time that more, higher-quality content is appearing online could have a dampening effect on demand for services like Netflix or Hulu Plus.
Comcast, of course, says that its new, usage-based pricing policy is pro-consumer, and to a certain extent it is. The average broadband subscriber those who only use up about 8 GB or 10 GB of data a month shouldnt necessarily pay the same as those whose usage goes above 300 GB in the same period of time.
But for those of us who are avid streaming video users, usage-based pricing models could change the overall value proposition of watching video on the Internet.
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Hey, all of you “Internet-over-Cable” snobs - my poky old DSL streams everything just fine - and the price hasn’t changed in years.....
Watching HULU (Free) as I type this... ;)
kill the tv. you’ll all be better off.
dont even know who comcast is and don’t care, it wont affect me or my ability to stream over my AT&T dsl.
Ha ha. I have heard this all before. There are enough outlets now, that unlimited plans will expand, NOT contract. I remember AOL resisting unlimited dial-up hours. I also remember paying by the minute for Compuserve and Delphi.
Comcast can do what it wants. The DSL providers and others will provide the bandwidth over time to win customers. The cable companies always treat broadband like the unwanted step-child anyway. Until they learn, they will pay, by losing customers.
” I remember AOL resisting unlimited dial-up hours. “
I remember AOL using up all of my “free” minutes with every-other-day update downloads (2-3 hours each @ 1200 bpm)... I dropped them as soon as MSN came on with their unlimited plan...
Just took a look at my comcast account. I ditched cable tv and now watch everything thru the internet. I was over 370GB in February, 260 in March, and 202 in April. Moving the max to 300GB will help me avoid more nastygrams.
I would say the LEAD horse in this effort is Carlos Slim Helu, he owns so many Telecomunications in Latin America, and just recently Tel Mex told it’s customers in Mexico that they would start paying for content downloaded...
Cable is the reason we have the Matthews and Oprahs , every Patriot should cancel it. I wish my Wife would agree..
and the MSNBC and CNN and NBC...
I'd pay 10% for my pick of 10% of the 300 channels.
The real issue is for local communities to quit giving Comcast monopolies on running cable and internet to every house. These communities need to allow other companies to compete with Comcast. Other companies who want to compete should be allowed to run their own lines, not buy wholesale off Comcasts lines.
Comcast employees are the #1 donors to the Obama campaign. Comcastâs CEO is the weekly golfing partner of Obama. Comcast can shove anything they want down the consumer’s throat and don’t have a worry with the current DOJ. I canceled Comcast back six months ago and haven’t looked back.
I was the one who pushed it in my house.
We have a Roku and it’s the best.
HD TV Ping
I have no problem with the notion of paying for that which I consume - as long as market competition is protected.
Roku will play any video you can find streaming on the web? Nice unit if so.
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