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Comment Old enough doesn't matter (Score 1) 88

they must easily have over a million accounts old enough to have originally hooked-up to 'unlimited' plans.

So what? In my experience, Comcast is far less likely to use contracts longer than a year with an early termination fee than the phone company is. Most customers I imagine are on month-to-month terms. This means if Comcast wants to end unmetered plans, a customer can just choose to cancel service.

Comment Not everyone lives alone (Score 1) 88

at that rate, you could watch HD content for 222 hours straight (9.25 days) before you'd hit your 300GB cap

Divide by the number of people in the house who watch Netflix. And subtract all other uses of the connection, such as operating system and application updates on all devices in the household, downloads of purchased video games, web surfing, YouTube, and video chat with relatives in another state.

Comment At how many kbps? (Score 1) 61

Homestar Runner's content is up at YouTube now

Uploading SWF to YouTube involves rendering the vectors to pixels and then compressing those pixels with AVC. This produces a significantly larger file, and it removes interactivity. Comments to recent Slashdot stories about Netflix and Steam suggest that in some areas, such as the middle of Seattle and elsewhere, it's hard to get even 256 kbps Internet access at home, let alone the 1 Mbps you need to stream YouTube at standard definition. With the original vectors, on the other hand, a sufficiently powerful device can render them locally at full 1080p.

Comment Netflix uses a lot more than 500 MB/mo (Score 1) 273

I live in Seattle, and I don't know anyone with a connection fast enough to stream Netflix. [...] 160 kbps

Geez, I get 30Mbps from my T-Mobile LTE.

[How fast do you hit the cap on LTE?]

I barely use 500MB per month. Maps, email and web don't really require a lot of data.

Netflix uses a lot more data than that.

Comment Lifetime sub (Score 1) 273

Not the previous poster, but I've been struggling to understand how to answer this question

Let me explain my reasoning: Someone who drops a subscription to video on demand (VOD) in favor of OTA DTV reverts to having to schedule her life around when a program is broadcast or miss the program. To restore an experience remotely comparable to VOD, a viewer needs to use a DVR. TiVo DVRs are sold with very slim (possibly even negative) margins, hoping that people will either pay for the required monthly subscription or buy a $500 lifetime subscription for the unit.

My DVR is a Linux PC running MythTV that I bought in 2008 [...] not including my time spent assembling the computer, learning how to use MythTV, or keeping things running

Are those sold pre-assembled and pre-configured at a reasonable price? I ask because I know a lot of people who would find "not including my time" unacceptable. They choose to pay for TV because they're willing to pay extra for the reliability of an appliance as opposed to having to fiddle with keeping a big tower running and updated in the living room just to have VOD.

Comment Hollywood tells Americans whom to vote for (Score 1) 273

Get angry with the greedy studio bastards that are setting outrageous content prices for streaming rights.

How can Americans lawfully act on disapproval of Hollywood policies when Hollywood is also telling Americans whom to vote for through NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and CNN? These major TV news outlets share a parent with Universal, Disney, Paramount, Last Century Fox, and Warner Bros. respectively.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."