Netflix chief complains about Comcast broadband loophole
Wifi connection to my Xbox, then it will not count against my cap. Hmmm…” Hastings is referencing Comcast’s decision earlier this week to make any video programming streamed from its own Xbox-based VOD offering — which includes some HBO programming but is separate from HBO Go — outside the bounds of the bandwidth caps imposed on its broadband subscribers. That policy enraged network-neutrality advocates who characterize the decision as Comcast showing favoritism to select content within its own pipe. Hastings is essentially pointing out that neither HBO Go or Netflix would get that special treatment from Comcast. Given unlimited consumption of its content for a monthly fee is the cornerstone of the Netflix offering, Hastings has always been outspoken when Internet service providers impose any conditions that disadvantages his company. Just never quite like this. Comcast isn’t the only MSO preventing access to HBO Go outside of its own set-top box. Time Warner Cable has done same and on another over-the-top device, Roku, last year.Maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Hastings is suddenly overidentifying with HBO Go considering reports earlier this month that he is looking to get carriage for Netflix with cable operators.
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