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Aiming at Movie Downloads, AT&T Imposes Broadband Caps

From Home Media Online:
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As expected, AT&T will soon impose limits on the amount of broadband data — notably movies and TV shows — subscribers can download from the Internet on a monthly basis without paying additional fees.

AT&T's residential DSL plans will have a usage allowance of 150 gigabytes (GB) per month, while residential U-verse plans will have a usage allowance of 250GB per month.

The caps amount to about 100 hours per month of TV programming for DSL users and 200 hours for U-verse. The caps would limit users to 20 movie downloads in standard definition (25 for U-verse) and 10 (13 for U-verse) in high definition.
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Full Text: http://www.homemediamagazine.com/dig...ge-may-2-23620

At the risk of getting flamed, if you accept the reality that broadband is not an infinite resource, this actually seems like a reasonable level for limits, though I'm not sure the SD/HD equivalents in the article are valid.

Of course, there is an issue of changing service terms in the middle of a contract, especially if there are subscriber term commitments and cancellation penalties. If this change were imposed in the middle of a 2-year commitment and I wasn't happy with the new policy, I would expect to be able to opt out without penalty. Not sure how AT&T would handle that, but I suspect it might be tough sledding, based on past AT&T practice.

Anyway, it looks to me that AT&T is not really aiming to shut down movie downloads entirely, as the limits seem like they would allow the average household a reasonable number of Netflix (or other source) movies per month. Am I wrong (not for the first time)?

But I do wonder about how this works out when all web activity, apart from movie downloads, comes into play. And I also wonder about the accuracy of the monitoring tools that AT&T is providing to its customers.

It will definitely be interesting to see how this plays out.
post #12092 of 12968
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Originally Posted by DroptheRemote View Post

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But I do wonder about how this works out when all web activity, apart from movie downloads, comes into play. And I also wonder about the accuracy of the monitoring tools that AT&T is providing to its customers.

Our house uses between 90-100 gigs a month. We don't use Netflix and we are not a heavy YouTube viewers. I am glad I am not with ATT and truly hope it backfires on them.

I have stated several times, if they want to play this way, then make it true pay per use, just like electric, water and gas.
post #12093 of 12968
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Interesting snippet from an article at The Hill.com, regarding regulation of the telecoms sector.

The following quote comes from former Obama White House Technology Adviser Susan Crawford:
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"Unfortunately the world where regulating these guys into to an inch of their life is exactly what needs to happen."
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In a way, this is real progress -- it's unvarnished honesty, at least.

See, regulation isn't about protecting consumers. It's ultimately about punishing successful businesses and threatening their livelihood through legal means. It's about payback and payoff.

Full article with more interesting stuff can be found here.
post #12094 of 12968
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Our house uses between 90-100 gigs a month. We don't use Netflix and we are not a heavy YouTube viewers. I am glad I am not with ATT and truly hope it backfires on them.

I have stated several times, if they want to play this way, then make it true pay per use, just like electric, water and gas.

If you accept at&t's statistics (and there's no real reason not to) less than 5% of their DSL subscribers exceed the 150GB limit each month. I have an AppleTV and we watch several movies per month. We also peruse YouTube quite a bit. And then there's the usually large OS updates, patches, and such. With all of that our average usage, according to at&t's own data usage web site is around only 10GBs per month. I really can't even imagine how we would even get close to 150GBs. If you don't download movies then how do you get to that 90-100 GBs per month?
post #12095 of 12968
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Discovery HD Theater To Be Replaced By Male-Focused Velocity

I remember when Discovery HD Theater was the ONLY channel where you could be sure that you could catch some HD images. But that was more than 10 years ago...

From Broadcasting and Cable online:
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Discovery Communications will launch Velocity, a new network aimed at an upscale male audience, in the fourth quarter of 2011. The new all-HD channel will replace the current HD Theater network and be available in about 40 million homes at the time of its launch.

Velocity will have more than 400 hours of programming in the categories of automotive, sports and leisure, adventure and travel. Current car-themed HD Theater series including Inside West Coast Customs, Mecum Auto Auctions, Café Racer and Chasing Classic Cars will anchor Velocity's initial primetime lineup.

"We started noticing some good ratings with some of our more upscale lifestyle programming, especially in the auto arena, and we just felt let's keep building on that, now's the time," Discovery COO Peter Liguori told B&C of the timing of the rebrand.
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Full Text: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...hp?rssid=20065
post #12096 of 12968
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DISH DVRs Headed for Blackout?

From the Morning Bridge:
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The long-awaited US Court of Appeals decision on TiVo v. DISH/EchoStar came down split ... but with the scales weighted to TiVo.

The court gave DISH a victory by unanimously vacating the district court's contempt ruling on its software design workaround. However, it gave TiVo the bigger victory in backing (by 7 to 5) the lower court finding that DISH is in contempt of the disablement provision.

That leaves DISH faced "with an imminent shut-down of millions of DVRs," noted Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett. That, he posits, could leave the DBS operator with a "gun-to-the-head settlement requirement" which could run into the $3B range for disabling and replacing the infringing DVRs. (No one really knows how many infringing DVRs there are and Charlie Ergen, quite naturally, isn't saying.)

Don't expect the DISH/EchoStar crew to give up easily, though. They're now talking "stay of injunction," taking it all to the US Supreme Court and a "motion to dissolve the injunction."

So it's not over yet although the market made its judgment clear, boosting TiVo by nearly 30% to $10.86.

For his part, Citi's Jason Bazinet thinks "With today's partial TiVo victory, the odds of an outright victory for Dish just got slimmer. However, given Dish's push to swap out older MPEG4 boxes, coupled with it's efforts to implement a new work-around, it seems clear the two parties are unlikely to reach a negotiated settlement."
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post #12097 of 12968
On a completely different note, I find it sad that an ABC affiliate in a major Top 20 market like St. Louis cannot cost justify a local news department. During Thursday evening's storms, TV30 resorted to a straight low-resolution retrans of Channel 5's HD signal. Other than being blurry, there was no indication I was tuned to channel 30. Now I get to see kSDk in two places. But seriously, the daily "Powered by NewsChannel 5" broadcasts look like one big commercial for their biggest competitor. It's nothing like the Channel 2/11 arrangement. Although owned by the same company and sharing studios, they seem to keep their distance & identities for the most part.

BTW, I think the Anchor girl that does the KDNL 10PM news does a fine job. I just wish they would put a little more effort into the project to make the show look more like their own. At least strip off all the Channel 5 references (bugs, microphones, etc.).

Rant off.
post #12098 of 12968
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What is with FOX Sports these days? The Saturday afternoon game coverage includes a camera that thinks it is supposed to be part of a Susan G. Komen charity walk, as both the Cardinals and Reds uniforms are showing up as PINK!

Clearly they can see this in the control room, so why do they continue to use that camera? Geez! Fix it or shut it down.

Really pathetic work from this network these days.
post #12099 of 12968
Anyone hear when KTVI plans to air Fringe? They aired Glee late Wednesday after local storm coverage preempted it on Tuesday - I think at 1:05 am. I already watched the episode online, but I want to record it. I thought it was up there with the best Fringe episodes ever.
post #12100 of 12968
Just found it in the guide - 10:35 tonight. I'll watch again. It's an excellent episode. I have to say, though, that I slightly preferred watching it online today. Locally, here on KTVI, it's soft, murky and artifact ridden.
post #12101 of 12968
I actually prefer to do a lot of my watching online lately. I get Chicago Code and Jay Leno's monologue via Hulu Plus, and Nikita, Human Target, Burn Notice, and Army Wives via Amazon. I lose the 5.1 channel sound that way, but the picture is usually *better* online lately... with no annoying animated ads.

BTW, my girlfriend is the Army Wives fan, not me.
post #12102 of 12968
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Originally Posted by Joseph Clark View Post

Just found it in the guide - 10:35 tonight. I'll watch again. It's an excellent episode. I have to say, though, that I slightly preferred watching it online today. Locally, here on KTVI, it's soft, murky and artifact ridden.

I wouldn't count on the 10:35 repeat. Because I was watching Benny Hill on 2-2 since I missed it last night due to having no power. At 9 they decided to preempt it for their news and they said its going to be on for 2 hours. What it is the point of having sub channels if your going to preempt the programming just to show the same thing the you have on the main channels in SD. I'm not worried about missing Fringe since I can watch it on Hulu Plus on my PS3. Supernatural on the other hand I'll get on Itunes since I got Apple Tv this week.
post #12103 of 12968
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I wouldn't count on the 10:35 repeat. Because I was watching Benny Hill on 2-2 since I missed it last night due to having no power. At 9 they decided to preempt it for their news and they said its going to be on for 2 hours. What it is the point of having sub channels if your going to preempt the programming just to show the same thing the you have on the main channels in SD. I'm not worried about missing Fringe since I can watch it on Hulu Plus on my PS3. Supernatural on the other hand I'll get on Itunes since I got Apple Tv this week.

Yep, Fringe isn't one right now. I didn't catch the beginning to know if they are just postponing the start due to the telethon/news. I added 3 hours to my recording and I'm back to watching hockey.
post #12104 of 12968
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Originally Posted by Kurt K View Post

Yep, Fringe isn't one right now. I didn't catch the beginning to know if they are just postponing the start due to the telethon/news. I added 3 hours to my recording and I'm back to watching hockey.

It wasn't worth recording anyway, not with the flood warning and John Beal ad taking up 20% of the frame. And it was even softer than usual.

I'm also waiting for the Smallville ep to show up online. I'm not much of a fan anymore, but I want to see how they wrap up the series. I really lost interest when Smallville became Metropolis - and we lost the small town/family warmth that drew me to it originally. And I'll take Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang) over Erica Durance (Lois Lane) any day.
post #12105 of 12968
This morning's Morning Bridge has an item from the "Be Careful what you Wish for" Department:

Retrans and Renewals: What's good for the gander could choke the goose as SNL Kagan reports that FOX's rumored reverse retrans demands could strip affiliates of most, or all, of the fees they're collecting. Rumors say that FOX wants stations in the top 125 markets to cough up 25¢/sub/month initially with the fee doubling over four years. Smaller markets are reportedly being hit up for 15¢/sub/month with a four year bump to 25¢. Said SNL Kagan analyst Robin Flynn, that 25¢ per sub in major markets is "about the average of what (the affiliates) are getting total."

I know it'll never happen, but I wish everyone could put up antennas again so this whole retrans thing would go away.
post #12106 of 12968
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It was a pleasure to watch the Cards last night on ESPN. For the first time this season during a Cardinals home game (and a majority of road games), all of the colors pretty well matched in going from one camera to another.

I should note that the FOX Network on Saturday did attempt to correct the "pink" camera (see my previous note here), and while they definitely improved it, they never did get it to be a good match with the other cameras. Just wanted to acknowledge that they tried to fix the issue; they just weren't entirely successful.

Not sure why this should be so difficult for FOX Sports and FOX Network. It was never a problem (at least nowhere close to this degree) in past years.
post #12107 of 12968
I always enjoy watching the Cardinals on ESPN, especially Sunday Night Baseball.

I do not like Valentine on the broadcast crew, however. I agree that Oral is an upgrade over Joe Morgan, and I like Dan Shulman a lot, too, but I miss John Miller.
post #12108 of 12968
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Charter Reported Readying Sale of Los Angeles System, Subscribers

From TV Week:
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Charter Communications is getting ready to sell its Los Angeles system in an auction that could attract $2 billion or more, reports Multichannel News.

The move comes after Charter failed to reach an agreement with Time Warner Cable to swap systems, with Charter seeking to swap its L.A.-area systems for Time Warner Cable's Wisconsin systems, the story says.

Charter’s systems in the city of Los Angeles and outlying areas reach 551,000 customers. Time Warner Cable, which has about 560,000 subscribers in Wisconsin, balked at the swap, the article says.

A Charter spokeswoman declined to comment. Charter's Los Angeles systems could attract bids between $2 billion and $2.5 billion, the story says.
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Link: http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/tvbizwir...to-sell-la.php
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It's no secret that one of my major pet peeves with network television is the gnat's width attention span and patience of the people in charge of prime-time programming decisions. They have regularly pulled the plug on programs that I liked, leaving me wanting more and getting, at best, something else promising that likewise gets snuffed out before it reaches its potential.

So, it goes without saying that I enjoyed Paul Reiser's appearance of the Tonight Show last night. I don't normally watch Leno, but I was channel surfing and came across Reiser in mid-rant and found it pretty irresistible.

Finally, something on NBC that I can identify with!

From FOX 411:
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Comedian Paul Reiser, who had a long-running hit on NBC with “Mad About You,” is not pleased about the network canceling his new show.

The funnyman’s self-titled comedy lasted just two episodes before getting the axe from NBC honchos. On Monday night, Reiser laid into the network with his appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”—which the network had previously booked for him to, ahem, promote his new show.

"NBC, to my knowledge, they don't traditionally make bad decisions. Have you heard that? I don't know what your experience is," Reiser deadpanned to Leno, who suffered his own humiliation at the hands of NBC over the confusion of whether Conan O’Brien was replacing Leno on “The Tonight Show.”

"It turns out they said we enjoy missing you more than actually having you," Reiser joked. "But listen, I don't take it personally. Listen, when you're the last place network, you don't want to jeopardize that. You've found your niche. Stay there. So I get it."

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Full Text: http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.c...#ixzz1KeMlfTJz

Reiser also made the point that NBC initially dragged its feet in scheduling his new program and then suddenly turned on a dime and abruptly called to let him know it was going to be added to the lineup -- the following week against "American Idol. " He also pointed out that this was without the extensive promotion that was promised beforehand.

He also joked that he received the cancellation phone call in the same abrupt manner as the news that his show was being added -- on Good Friday.

"Really, not such a good Friday, for me."
post #12110 of 12968
I agree. The network hook comes out far too fast for new shows. There's no chance for them to find their voices. And sometimes it's simply a matter of stupid decisions by network execs, or a lack of promotion. Although I didn't care for the first episode, Reiser certainly deserved better than he got from NBC.
post #12111 of 12968
Our business was at 70 and St Charles Rock Rd until Friday anyway
now it is scattered across the county.

Our home is on the corner of Bridgeton and Maryland Heights and destruction of the Tornado begins just three houses down from ours.

Charter as been out since Friday and have no idea when will be back.

ATT yesterday ran our three business lines into our house and had the DSL up this morning. The installer had to go through the roadblocks to connect the lines or something and then laid a line across my neighbors yard to be buried at a latter date but still no Charter.

Maybe I should have addressed Uverse while he was at it.

Ron
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Our business was at 70 and St Charles Rock Rd until Friday anyway
now it is scattered across the county.

Our home is on the corner of Bridgeton and Maryland Heights and destruction of the Tornado begins just three houses down from ours.

Charter as been out since Friday and have no idea when will be back.

ATT yesterday ran our three business lines into our house and had the DSL up this morning. The installer had to go through the roadblocks to connect the lines or something and then laid a line across my neighbors yard to be buried at a latter date but still no Charter.

Maybe I should have addressed Uverse while he was at it.

Comp,

I'm sorry to hear about the damage caused to your business and the outages at home. I hope that things get back to normal for you as soon as possible.

I'm sure if you have questions about Charter vs. Uverse that there are guys or gals here who could answer your questions or give an opinion. Likewise, I'd be happy to address any questions you might have about the DirecTV option, assuming that is an option for you at home.

In the meantime, hang in there...
post #12113 of 12968
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Originally Posted by DroptheRemote View Post

Aiming at Movie Downloads, AT&T Imposes Broadband Caps

From Home Media Online:
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As expected, AT&T will soon impose limits on the amount of broadband data notably movies and TV shows subscribers can download from the Internet on a monthly basis without paying additional fees.

AT&T's residential DSL plans will have a usage allowance of 150 gigabytes (GB) per month, while residential U-verse plans will have a usage allowance of 250GB per month.

The caps amount to about 100 hours per month of TV programming for DSL users and 200 hours for U-verse. The caps would limit users to 20 movie downloads in standard definition (25 for U-verse) and 10 (13 for U-verse) in high definition.
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Full Text: http://www.homemediamagazine.com/dig...ge-may-2-23620

At the risk of getting flamed, if you accept the reality that broadband is not an infinite resource, this actually seems like a reasonable level for limits, though I'm not sure the SD/HD equivalents in the article are valid.

Of course, there is an issue of changing service terms in the middle of a contract, especially if there are subscriber term commitments and cancellation penalties. If this change were imposed in the middle of a 2-year commitment and I wasn't happy with the new policy, I would expect to be able to opt out without penalty. Not sure how AT&T would handle that, but I suspect it might be tough sledding, based on past AT&T practice.

Anyway, it looks to me that AT&T is not really aiming to shut down movie downloads entirely, as the limits seem like they would allow the average household a reasonable number of Netflix (or other source) movies per month. Am I wrong (not for the first time)?

But I do wonder about how this works out when all web activity, apart from movie downloads, comes into play. And I also wonder about the accuracy of the monitoring tools that AT&T is providing to its customers.

It will definitely be interesting to see how this plays out.

These caps are not about relieving consumer congestion on the network, so much as they are about protecting their video service profits. The best part is that it costs your average Tier 1 provider between 1.5 and 2 cents per GB that they deliver to the ISP, and another 5 to 7 cents per GB depending on where you live for the ISP to deliver it to you.

Congestion Pricing Myths Exposed: A Guide to the Bandwidth Crisis' at AT&T (Or Anywhere Else)
post #12114 of 12968
Wow. Not only have the Cards-Astros games not been in HD this series, they might just be the worst video quality I've ever seen. First and third base lines look like a series of crude dashes. Just awful.
post #12115 of 12968
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Originally Posted by Joseph Clark View Post

Wow. Not only have the Cards-Astros games not been in HD this series, they might just be the worst video quality I've ever seen. First and third base lines look like a series of crude dashes. Just awful.

I didn't watch much of the game last night, but I'm pretty sure it was HD on D*. I could be wrong, but I thought I watched some on the 60" in the family room.
post #12116 of 12968
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I didn't watch much of the game last night, but I'm pretty sure it was HD on D*. I could be wrong, but I thought I watched some on the 60" in the family room.

Correct.

I think this may just be an issue with AT&T and DISH. Charter has actually been running radio ads about being the only source for all Cards' games. I don't think the ads mention HD specifically, but I may have missed that. I don't know any reason that DirecTV would not have all games and have them in HD.

Maybe DISH and AT&T should negotiate to carry just the first eight innings of the Cards games...
post #12117 of 12968
The game was in HD tonight.

How much fun is it to have Lance Berkman as a Cardinal? I love to see a veteran like Berkman, or Larry Walker, or Will Clark, come into St. Louis and do well, but there's something special about Berkman this year. It's great to see players from Matt Holliday to David Freese around Berkman - laughing and having a good time in the dugout. Is it just me or has that been lacking the last few years?
post #12118 of 12968
A also like the team of Rick Horton and Dan McLaughan. I think they work well together. I'd just as soon see and hear Al Hrabosky do post game exclusively (or stay home). I've never cared for his smugness. Horton is self-deprecating, but very knowledgeable about the game, not to mention extremely likable, and a fast wit. I could get used to this.
post #12119 of 12968
It looks like the stlhdtv.info link is expired. That's the way I come to this thread, bummer...
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It looks like the stlhdtv.info link is expired. That's the way I come to this thread, bummer...

Bookmarks are handy. Make one that points to this URL:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...wpost&t=793006
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