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Old July 22 2010, 04:03 PM   #16
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I'm re-watching babylon 5 on streaming right now. netflix is awesome!
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Old July 22 2010, 04:09 PM   #17
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They're only doing a streaming only account in Canada if I read that correctly. Surely the people at zip.ca are sweating bullets, but I hope that means they'll be forced to move on their own streaming service or cut their margins even further.

The real problem is that broadband in Canada just can't handle it. I don't know how much it takes to stream a typical episode from Netflix, but I have no doubt that 60GB won't be enough for anyone.
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Old July 22 2010, 04:41 PM   #18
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The only way broadband caps will ever go up is if enough consumers put pressure on them. The solution isn't to not use services, instead it really should be to get as many "normal" people to hit their caps as possible using legitimate services that they like.
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Old July 22 2010, 05:07 PM   #19
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Yeah, but who is willing to be the one to have to pay the overage fees to get change to happen? I suppose if millions of people end up going over they'll have no choice... but with the duopoly situation, I don't see any real incentive for change.
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Old July 22 2010, 06:12 PM   #20
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Well the thing is no one should be "willing" to do it. What will happen is average people who have probably never paid attention to the caps will start hitting them and this will probably prompt a big public stink about it. This will happen eventually anyway as the trend towards data rich services continues, obviously I'd rather see it happen sooner rather then later
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Old July 22 2010, 06:56 PM   #21
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Unfortunately, I can't see them upping the caps any time soon. After all, they offer more bandwidth if you're willing to pay for it, so I can see Rogers and Bell just pointing at the more expensive packages and going "Well if you really need that bandwidth..."
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Old July 22 2010, 07:58 PM   #22
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Yeah, they're just pinging you 2-3 dollars per gig, just like on their cellphone data plans. So technically you're free to use as much data as you'd like.
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Old July 22 2010, 11:47 PM   #23
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And in what I'm certain is a complete coincidence, Rogers lowers some of it's download caps:

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2...ad-limits.html
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