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reply to Johkal

Re: Comcast Xfinity for Xbox launching soon (possibly next week)

said by Johkal:

said by egeek84:



What's very interesting to me though is that any video viewed through the app won't count against the 250GB data cap Comcast has in place. Anyone else shocked by this?

Not surprising if you want to compete with Netflix.

This is not competition for Netflix. One has nothing to do with the other.



Of course they do - one can provide all you can eat content without a cap, the other cannot. The video content overlaps for both shows and movies. They are both VOD services.

Agree with telcodad that it's very interesting that Comcast can say you can eat all you want on your local node with an Xbox, but not on Netflix. This would completely invalidate any argument they make in future about caps helping to prevent congestion on the local nodes.


Lincroft, NJ

An item on this controversy from Gizmodo:

Comcast Says Its Xbox TV Streaming Doesn’t Have to Play by Its Own Rules
Gizmodo - March 26, 2012

"Here's what happens without concrete net neutrality policy in place: Comcast's impending video on demand service for Xbox 360 won't count against your monthly data cap. Which is great for your data cap! But an awful, awful precedent.

Ars Technica says Comcast's Xfinity streaming powers—which, admittedly, will be pretty great if you're a cable subscriber and own an Xbox—will make zero dent against the 250 gigabytes customers are allotted every month. This makes some sense, as you're getting TV shows delivered to your Xbox that you're already paying for on your TV. But by blatantly favoring your own service against rivals—Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, et al.—Comcast is wielding an unfair grapple against the rest of the internet. Even if Netflix provides a superior service, hypothetically, Comcast is pushing its customers into using the in-house stuff to avoid going over the perilous data cap.

Strangely, streaming Comcast's media onto your computer will still count against your cap, says Ars, which belies its claim that the Xbox exemption is fair, since those videos are "being delivered over our private IP network and not the public Internet." Whatever that means. [Ars Technica (»arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2012···caps.ars )]"