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CordCutter

"This gives the service a potentially large advantage over not just other video streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus, but also over Comcast On Demand content streamed through the company's website and mobile apps, both of which count against the data limits."

Sad. Comcast-NBC are part owners of Hulu... but they cannot vote due to FCC regulations put in place when the two merged. Comcast would love to see Hulu (along with Netflix) crash and burn.

Lokochon

That must explain comcast $90.00 fee

IMACynic

Sooooo...it's an internet streaming service that doesn't actually stream over the internet. Instead it is delivered as a cable signal to a connected box. So, essentially, it is cable on demand. Wait...didn't they already have that?

Yeah, I predict this will be as popular as news paywalls.

Jose Cuervo

comcast? Really, comcast? Who uses them anymore...horrible company

Jack

So if I stream my movies from Vudu on my Xbox 360, I am punished in the form of a bandwidth cap... But if I stream my movies from Xfinity/Comcast, then I am given free reign and no limits.

And they don't see how this is a conflict of interest? They don't see how this pisses off customers who enjoy movies from someplace other than Xfinity?

This is why Comcast sucks.

Marshall

According to their own FAQ only 4 hours of Netflix a day will exceed the cap. If one cuts cable out and uses the internet for TV they can easily exceed that. If one has a family with more than one stream at any given time it's hard to imagine not getting at least close. Last I checked (my router has a funny way of tracking so it's hard to be precise) I use about 300 a month. More when family is staying with me.

CordCutter

Marshall - I use 300-500 a month depending on sports. For instance March is gonna be on the heavy end with streaming march madness. Actually, with baseball season starting I wouldn't be shocked if it doesn't end up being 400-500 a month with mlb.tv viewing.

iPad Application Development

Comcast seems to understand that, because they’ve come up with an explaination as to how this is all kosher.

Marshall

The really strange logic to me is that they pay for what is on their end. So in that effect if their Xfinity is totally housed by them they foot the entire bill. Netflix is housed by others. So to keep this simple assume that Netflix houses it themselves. Then half the trip is paid by Netflix through their pipeline and half by Comcast to get it the last few miles. Netflix content then is cheaper to deliver than their own content. However they want to sell it so they spin it in a strange way and so far the FCC isn't doing anything.

Time will tell however. Eventually caps will go away and the net will free up. We may need a few more elections to get there however.

Mike

Hrmn, I dont understand how comcast's online streaming impacts Comcast's links to the internet; to justify it falling under the bandwidth cap. The services uses hulu; which uses limelight as its back-end provider. Limelight has a peering agreement with limelight; which essentially removes Hulu (i.e. infidytv.com) from Comcasts Internet links. The limelight server I was using, was the next hop after leaving comcast's network; which tells me they are in the same datacenter.

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