The part that people aren't considering is that cable companies are already one step ahead.....
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Posted on: 01-02-2013.
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The reason they have been so active on getting bandwidth caps put in place on streaming is to counteract exactly this kind of thing from happening on their own cable internet backbones.
Currently a 300GB/month cap would allow you to stream about 6 hours of 720p video per day, and only about 3 hours of 1080p video to your TV before running out of capacity for the month.
Remember though, this would include shows you already DVR, or even record multiple shows at once on current cable or sat service.
Think about it. One movie, and one hour long news show is all you get for the whole day.
Some may be ok with that, but I am guessing it will be as much as a deterrent to most that will keep people using the 'unlimited' service that they provide.
Comcast has already put in an exemption for their own streaming video service that it doesn't count towards your bandwidth cap when you are streaming their service through your xbox or mobile devices.
They used to go after companies who exhibited anti-competitive practices in the marketplace, but now it is just accepted behavior to just do everything you can to lock in and keep your customers from leaving while you jack up their rates.
The music industry experienced this same behavior with their actual 'music stores' a decade or so ago where you actually had to go in and physically buy a CD.
It will work for them for maybe a decade, but after that the cable TV companies are going to be bankrupt and replaced by something newer faster and probably wireless.
Google Fiber is probably the only one out there that is steering clear of being an actual cable company in their internet service not being tied to a competing TV service offering, and I am pretty sure the whole cable industry is scared to death of that test project working out well in Kansas City right now.
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