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I just updated my router to DD-WRT which shows you bandwith usage. All I streamed was Disney XD for a few hours and two HD programs on Netflix and I already used 16GB of data yesterday. Today I used nearly 3GB and that was mostly streaming audio and browsing websites. No way is 300GB in today's streaming is enough.
When I signed up for Comcast, maybe a couple years ago, I believe there was a link that showed average bandwidth usage for various activities, including Netflix. A 2 hour full HD movie will use about 4 GB, vs 300 - 400 MB for a 2 hour SD movie, to put it into perspective. There's probably a link on Google that will give you an idea. Once I saw that, I switched to the crappiest video setting. Not only is the video quality subpar, but I believe that means everything is down mixed to stereo as well. As a matter of fact, it's not even SD, b/c whenever I hit the info button on my remote, I think it shows 384 lines of resolution. Since my wife is a homemaker, and she homeschools our 9 year old son, that means data usage all day long. Comcast doesn't have a data plan for that.
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Exclamation FCC says that American internet access still really stinks

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Not this again. I wish they would stop comparing internet speeds from a country like South Korea (go to the north communist country and all they get is dial-up) which is the size of New Jersey.

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Not this again. I wish they would stop comparing internet speeds from a country like South Korea (go to the north communist country and all they get is dial-up) which is the size of New Jersey.
The FCC is raising the bar and they should be. It's not like the country doesn't have the resources to improve speeds. Maybe those who live in rural areas should go back to driving Model T's.

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The problem was that when the Internet became available to consumers it was thought to be a geek item that wouldn't gain any mass audience. Again business heads got it wrong. Should be a municipal utility that in all actuality would pay for itself by leasing back access to the usual suspect plus wannabees.
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Roku sides with cable on FCC set top box proposal

Et tu Roku?

Roku sides with cable TV partners in FCC set top box brouhaha

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It's all about options for the consumer. Roku should ask themselves why that is a bad thing.

With TWC you can buy your own modem to avoid rental fees, why not your own cable box?

These game changers always generate a considerable amount of push-back.

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It's all about options for the consumer. Roku should ask themselves why that is a bad thing.

With TWC you can buy your own modem to avoid rental fees, why not your own cable box?

These game changers always generate a considerable amount of push-back.
It's all about the money. Roku has agreements with some of these cable providers to install their software in their set top boxes and they don't want to lose that revenue.



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It's all about the money. Roku has agreements with some of these cable providers to install their software in their set top boxes and they don't want to lose that revenue.



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Yup, I think Comcast alone makes over $500,000 million a year just in rental fees, the industry as whole is somewhere in neighborhood of $20 billion.

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Thumbs up Cable boxes will no longer suck.

Looks like the FCC will be giving consumers more box choices after all.

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Looks like the FCC will be giving consumers more box choices after all.

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That's great - but I'm sure the cable companies will figure out a way to recoup their income loss by jacking up rates somewhere else.

For many Americans the status quo will continue. After all it's easiest not to do anything and just pay the box rental like always.

This has no effect on my setup since I cut the cord 2 years ago. Any network watching I do is via OTA antenna or Hulu.

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FCC Chair wants restrictions on ISP's sharing user data

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposal to limit internet providers sharing user data


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Once again too much abuse of technology by ill talented marketing pukes. They want this info apparently so they can annoy us more.
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Lightbulb FCC Chairman Says Netflix Did Not Violate Net Neutrality Rules

Netflix throttling itself isn't a Net Neutrality problem FCC Chair says


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Question The Netflix Neutrality farce

The Netflix Neutrality farce

Really? It's one thing when an ISP targets and throttles specific web content, but IMO, it's a another thing when content providers do their own throttling to save bandwidth. If Netflix is guilty of anything, it's not disclosing this practice to their consumers in the first place.


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While I understand why people feel they should have, are we really entitled to know everything about how a company runs their business? Netflix has released a good deal of infomation on how they go about running the streaming service over the years, so I understand those who may say why not tell us this too... But isn't it telling that there has been next to zero complaints from mobile users of ATT & Verizon and foreign Netflix subscribers during the last 5 years
regarding poor picture when streaming wirelessly? Doesn't that say that the streams that were delivered were of a quality that pleased users?
I read this particular article earlier today and it feels like yet another in a long line of attack pieces intended more to encourage outrage against the company, ignoring the fact that NF isn't an ISP, does not control the fate of other online services and not subject to net nuetrality rules.
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I agree, just another attack piece. Happens when a company gets so large and popular that it becomes a favored target.

We will see more of these type articles in the future.

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Hulu actually has a tech blog with deep detail on their network strategies. But those are very technical posts and maybe only understandable to other folks dealing with large network distribution and load balancing. It might be Hulu's way of guerilla recruitment.

There are only a couple nights a week that I see any buffering problems, namely Sunday night can bring them because people tend to stay home because of Monday being a work day. This can happen on either Netflix or Hulu. I have also noted that if using a PPV such as VUDU I almost never see an rebuffering but then if you've rented a movie it needs to get delivered so wonder if there are some backdoor deals done there?
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Honestly, I can't remember the last time I had a buffering issue with Netflix. Maybe when I had Verizon DSL, and that was really slow....

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Has the FCC Found a Way to End Broadband Billing Surprises?

Has the Fcc found a way to end broadband billing surprises?


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House passes no rate regualtion bill for ISP's

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Wink Data Caps are having their inteneded effect punishing cord cutters

Broadband data caps having their intended effect punishing cord cutters

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I get my max doubled to 600 GB this coming month on U-Verse. But apparently they've never used caps because they couldn't separate Internet from phone or TV the way their system works. But we're supposed to be able to finally get usage reports on Internet use. But this is also at a time when some of us, able to track how much bandwidth a streaming movie or TV show is using are finding surprisingly good PQ at almost half the bandwidth. This might be an indication they are streaming h265 for some things or a VP9 (VP10) codec if the device supports it. I'm doing most of my viewing (except for VUDU) on a Shield TV where I use an app I wrote to track the size of the streamed files. I has h265 support.
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Thumbs up FCC chief Wheeler enrages cable industry he once lobbied for

Chicago Tribune: Wheeler enrages cable industry


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Indeed, there's finally a commissioner in the office that's not going bend to over and do whatever the cablecos/telcos want him to do and they don't like it. They're like spoiled children who've been getting all the free cookies they've wanted and now someone has come along that's slammed the lid closed on that cookie jar.
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This AT&T email this morning making things official:

Beginning on May 23, 2016, we will be increasing the U-verse® Internet data allowance for many customers. After a grace period, and as our agreement provides, there's a $10 charge for each 50GB of data you use over the allowance amount. The maximum overage charge will be $100/mo. If you choose to bundle your U-verse Internet with DIRECTV® or U-verse TV you will be provided an unlimited Internet data allowance with a $30 value at no additional charge, as a benefit of bundling. Or if you choose, an unlimited allowance is available for purchase as an optional bolt-on to your Internet service for an additional $30/mo.

From a previous press release I know my allowance will go to 600 MB. But I am still going to see when or if Wave is going to come into the neighborhood. For what I'm paying for 12 Mbps I can get 110 Mbps from them with a 1 TB allowance. I do think Wave needs to raise their base level Internet offering from 100 GB to 300 GB to compete.
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This AT&T email this morning making things official:

Beginning on May 23, 2016, we will be increasing the U-verse® Internet data allowance for many customers. After a grace period, and as our agreement provides, there's a $10 charge for each 50GB of data you use over the allowance amount. The maximum overage charge will be $100/mo. If you choose to bundle your U-verse Internet with DIRECTV® or U-verse TV you will be provided an unlimited Internet data allowance with a $30 value at no additional charge, as a benefit of bundling. Or if you choose, an unlimited allowance is available for purchase as an optional bolt-on to your Internet service for an additional $30/mo.
Like I said in my Comcast thread, they're going to get your $ one way or the other.


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Like I said in my Comcast thread, they're going to get your $ one way or the other.


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Wink Can you name two congressmen the cable lobby has in their pocket?

Seriously? Have these congressmen actually read Wheeler's proposal?

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