writes: Today I received notice that Comcast has started providing their "Usage Meter" here in Atlanta, highlighting their 250GB monthly limit A few points that I find interesting:
1) Although Comcast advertises that with their service you can "[w]atch streaming HD movies online" they fail to mention that a single HD movie can easily be an 11GB file (e.g. "District 9" downloaded via XBL was over 11 GB) which would limit a subscriber to fewer than one movie per day.
2) Comcast doesn't mention HD movies in their AUP amendment http://www.comcast.net/terms/network/amendment/ which states:
250 GB/month is an extremely large amount of data, much more than a typical residential customer uses on a monthly basis. Currently, the median monthly data usage by our residential customers is approximately 2 — 3 GB. To put 250 GB of monthly usage in perspective, a customer would have to do any one of the following:
* Send 50 million emails (at 0.05 KB/email)
* Download 62,500 songs (at 4 MB/song)
* Download 125 standard-definition movies (at 2 GB/movie)
* Upload 25,000 hi-resolution digital photos (at 10 MB/photo)
3) My assumption is that while XBL downloads of HD movies are "counted" against usage, a comparable HD movie ordered through Comcast PPV would not "count" against usage.
4) This limit does not appear in any of the Comcast marketing material that I've seen (to include disclosures). Instead the focus is on how fast their service is; in theory the faster your download speeds are, the more data that you would be able to download. This seems deceptive to me.
I believe that either Comcast has a responsibility to either modify their marketing to explicitly and clearly specify any limits or to instead eliminate the limit. Which will act first: market pressures, government intervention, or class action lawsuits? Which will be more effective?