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+ - AT&T Caps Netflix Streaming Costs at $68K/Yr 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "What would you say if you went to join a gym and were told that it could cost you anywhere from $360 a year to $68,000 a year for the exact same usage? Don't be ridiculous, right? Well, that's really not so different from what the potential costs of streaming video on an AT&T smartphone are. According to AT&T's Data Usage Calculator, 1,440 minutes worth of streaming video consumes 2.81GB, which — if you manage to keep Netflix fired up all day and night — would result in a $360 annual bill under the grandfathered $30-monthly-unlimited-data plan, or $68,376 under the new $20-monthly-300MB plan. Still, that didn't stop a spokesman from characterizing the new AT&T data plans as 'a great value' for customers. So, what exactly does the Bureau of Consumer Protection consider unfair?"
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AT&T Caps Netflix Streaming Costs at $68K/Yr

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  • It was years ago when I saw a TV being advertised as Google TV
    capable I was worried.

    I told my son then that online streaming was going to fill
    up the tubes taking all of the Internet bandwidth; he now
    sees my point (one for me! I guess).

    It's not just netflix it every site that streams movies or TV
    channels. Unless there's a media push against NetFlix.

    I read on /. that 73-75 of the Internet bandwidth was being used
    to stream videos, I think Netflix was mentioned alone as being the reason.

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."