Two years, or so, of anime downloads.
said by iamanon :
This "unlimited" versus "(bandwidth) abuse" needs to be defined - maybe a class action lawsuit will be the final solution.
Somebody, in another, similar thread, posted the 3-year-old + advertisement in which Comcast offered, "Unlimited access". Not "Internet", but "access". That ad ran at a time when many customers were still on dial-up service, and dial-up services offered time limits. I once had a CompuServe account which offered 5 hours of access for a flat $9.95 per month, but started billing at $1 per minute for time over 5 hours in a given month. By contrast Comcast's "unlimited access" was pretty cool: 24/7 access with no surprise surcharge for being over some hourly limit.
If it wasn't for the monopoly of the cable and telephone companies, and I have more choices than two for an internet service provider, I would've been long gone from Comcast a long time ago.
A choice between only two services is not
a "monopoly", but a "duopoly". I think. However, where I live there are multiple choices. Okay, only Comcast for cable HSI, but AT&T, Comcast, Covad, DSL Extreme, Speakeasy, and the Covad resellers for DSL. And Hughes Satellite. Not even a "duopoly" here.
1.33Mbps - that's a lot? That is only 12% of Comcast's advertised download bandwidth. Customers are not expected to use at least 12% of their available bandwidth??
What's with this "available bandwidth". I have never seen Comcast advertise selling "available bandwidth". I have never seen any
ISP advertising "available bandwidth". If you take the actual bandwidth Comcast has, and divide it by the number of customers Comcast has, that would be your "available" bandwidth. I suspect is is closer to 30GBytes per month than 300GBytes per month.
And there is no offpeak/onpeak usage difference on my bill. Last time I checked, Comcast cable modem isn't a cellphone service??
No. It is an Internet service which offers high speed download. So you can get the final episode of the fan-subbed "Black Lagoon: Second Barrage" four, or five times faster than I did. Not so you can get four, or five times as many episodes of anime as I can get.
I once posted in a similar thread that I think I had downloaded 400GBytes of anime in the last two years. With a total of only 160GBytes of total disc space on two computers I had to burn a bunch of shows to CD to make room for more. I have, subsequently, obtained a computer with 1,000GBytes of HDD storage. So, to prove my point, I recopied all
downloaded anime shows to HDD. In over two years, just about 193GBytes of shows. I don't download just because I can. I truly tried to thin out the downloads because, until last month, my available HDD space was limited.
I am still trying to grasp downloading 300GBytes per month. It would take me just three months to fill my current HDD, assuming I started with no stored data. I just bought a spindle of 100 DVD-R discs two months back. That would hold another month of downloads at 300GBytes per month.
Can high quality video streaming really account for it all? You would have to be watching it 24/7; no time to eat, sleep, bathe, go to work...
Rats. I forgot the screen shot...--
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