Discussion in 'Video Games and Technology' started by Smasher, Dec 2, 2010.
I don't have anything to say beyond 'I hate Comcast!'
yeah, I read this a few days ago. as someone who has comcast and streams netflix all the time on my ps3, I think I should be worried.
except I don't fully understand what's going on.
don't have comcast but the more i hear about the company the more i consider them the devil.
Pardon my ignorance in this, but what does Comcast do exactly that makes them powerful enough to block itunes, for example.
I doubt Comcast would have the balls to do anything even if Netflix tells them to shove it. They block netflix and they are going to have a lot of angry customers cancelling their service.
They aren't actually going after Netflix, just content streamed via Netflix. I've been following this for some time. They are attempting to charge Level 3. Level 3 is a company that hosts the data streams, who recently signed a deal to host some Netflix movie streams. Comcast told Level 3 that if they want to send that specific data (Netflix streams) through to Comcast customers, they will be required to pay a charge for it.
It’s simple: Comcast offers internet service and entertainment channels.
Everyone with any sense is dropping their entertainment channels for Netflix because it is really the better value.
Rather than come up with a more modern price schedule, or innovate with some expansion to their on-demand aspect, they’re trying to bully Netflix into paying more.
So, even though Comcast customers pay Comcast for the Netflix traffic, Comcast still feels Netflix should pay more.
Like they own the backbone or something.
There are large regions of the country where Comcast is the only provider –of internet and cable TV.
And many regions where they are the main provider.
But I hope there reach has exceeded their grasp on this one.
Here's a much better sum up of the happening.
Comcast Charges Toll For Netflix Delivery - The Consumerist
Yup, it's the newest hip trend with ISPs. Either charge your customers more depending on usage, or cut them off when they hit an invisible limit, and then charge the content providers on top of that. Even after bullying Level 3 (who says they are going to fight this, after paying the fee to avoid their customers losing service) Comcast will still cut people off if you stream too much. And they will still claim to the regulators that they are not making enough money to support this kind of usage. Even though other countries, especially in Asia, are leaving us in the dust right now when it comes to net data speeds and such.
The Charging more for usage scares the shit outta me. We game, watch movies, and download episodes of Prime. Our limit will burn out before the week is over if this is implemented all over.
Yup. It's like we are going backwards in technological advancement.
Which is what they want.
They want to control the pipe.
They want to charge you for an antiquated set top box.
Every post on these boards will lead me closer to my last (Every kilobyte will count). Goodbye flirting with Smasher and Primal.
And cheating on me with Recall.
Land of the free
EDIT: this is totally disgraceful behaviour and a transparant move to ensure a monopoly on entertainment where possible. How are they allowed to get away with this?
I think that Comcast is going to reach a point where many of their customers are going to pop and switch away. I know I'm on the fence now to going to Satellite and whatever for internet. My Comcast bill is around 150 a month and 20 of that was a package bump so I can watch the Hub. I get charged 3 different $10ish fees to have a DVR and that just seems sneaky rather than billing me 30 for it.
The cable companies see the end of there currant business model in danger of coming to an end. Rather then adapting to meet growing trends they are going to fight to the bitter end to force things to stay the same. This leaves the door open for a new forward thinking company to rise and be the proverbial meteor that kills off the metaphorical dinosaurs.
Main reason why I don't have cable, I refuse to pay to watch tv...
That's how Blockbuster died...
Yeah, that's how blockbuster died, too many late fees for items that weren't late and after promising one price for new customers charging them more after a couple months. I dropped them back in the late 90's for the most part and once I got Netflix I never went retail anywhere again.
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