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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by nrnoble, Dec 5, 2013.
If you like PBS then you're already getting it.
Man you got that right .There is little bandwidth competition.
And when we start to get all of our tv content over the dumb pipe,the
Comcasts of the world are gonna price internet services through the roof.
Bank on a cap on data like the cell companies too.
That's not entirely true. They're still there, just thinly veiled.
That's a natural concern but it may not be as bad as you think.
If they overprice bandwidth, there will be a tremendous political backlash and we may be saved by the same government intervention that we now curse because it gives cable cos local monopolies -- i.e., the power of local or regional governments to control their down-the-street access.
The cable companies aren't going to let some OTT service steal their business. If the industry starts to move this way then they will get in on it. They're not going to rely on over priced internet access fees and bandwidth caps to save them. They're going to follow suit and deploy their own VOD services to compete. And since people are already use to paying the cable company for video they will end up absorbing a good percentage of the customers into their new service.
The only question is whether or not they'll compete fairly. Or will they deploy bandwidth caps/throttling that don't apply to their own service but do apply to everything else?
We're talking about cable companies.
Why would they start now?
Sleep well, your government will protect your interests. Just look what they've done with CableCARD and Tuning Adapters! Just the threat of FCC intervention caused the Cable Cos to come up with these wonderful solutions!
Comcast already is - they're slow-rolling a new 300GB cap out market by market (we just got it in the ATL), trying to avoid the big hit they would take by doing it all at once. Frog in a pot of slowly heated water and all that - they learned a lesson from TWC's fiasco years ago.
And no, they won't and don't compete fairly - Xfinity streamed video on an Xbox etc. does not count against the cap because they say it doesn't leave their network. This preferential treatment was expressly prohibited as a condition of the DoJ agreement for the NBCU merger 3 years ago, but as usual our gov't is asleep at the wheel for broadband reg.
And now the new FCC commish is saying that it's ok for ISPs to charge extra for preferred access to websites, which will basically destroy the open internet as we know it if allowed to occur. Of course, he's a former NCTA and wireless stooge so this isn't all that surprising.
Seems like a family could easily exceed the cap by streaming video content from Netflix and other sources. Accessing the web won't impact the usage much, but anything related to video easily could break the bank, so to speak. Got to wonder if they'll have tiers, 300GB, 500GB, 750GB, etc.
What I suspect they really want to block is people doing illegal crap and small businesses setting up high volume servers on a consumer account vs a business account.