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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Streaming Service Lowered Video Quality To Fight Data Caps

Streaming Service Lowered Video Quality To Fight Data Caps

Streaming Service Lowered Video Quality To Fight Data Caps

Added: Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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Netflix said that there was a kind of lessening of video quality to change the situation with the data allotments. Earlier, 30hrs of HD video streaming consumed around 70GB of data, which is now an amount exceeding data allotments of lots of their customers. Unfortunately, it seems like a slow march towards a second-class online experience for the Canadians has started.

As if being subjected to Bell Canada’s usage-based billing thing wasn’t enough, citizens of Canada may soon find themselves in a second-class online society. In the very start of 2011 the largest Internet service providers started to announce rate hikes and data allotments in order to comply with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approval of Bell Canada’s demand to cease wholesale bandwidth sales. The most surprised ones appeared to be subscribers of TekSavvy ISP, which announced data allotments dropping from monthly 200GB to 25GB.

While video streaming websites are gaining more and more popularity, lots of Internet users are concerned the new data allotments would become simply unaffordable, particularly with HD content. That what forced Netflix, one of the largest pay video streaming services, to respond the data caps by offering new lower quality content. The representatives of the service explain that now streaming films and TV shows from Netflix will consume 2/3 less data on average. The impact to video quality is announced to be minimal. For example, 30 hours of video streaming are considered to consume 9GB of data now, which is far below most data allotments in place. In the past, the same time of watching HD video could consume up to 70 GB, or to 30 GB, if it was a typical video. Now there is, of course, some lessening of video quality, but the viewers’ experience continues to be the best. In addition, the site members can easily change back to higher video quality.

A number of the data allotments in place may change for Internet users, because Bell Canada has asked the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to replace usage-based billing with “aggregate volume pricing”. However, this decision would only affect wholesale broadband provider customers. Meanwhile, the subscribers of service providers like Bell Canada can be sure to keep both having low data cap thresholds in place and moving towards a second-class Internet.

March 31st,2011

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Date:  Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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posted by (2011-03-31 14:28:22)
DEMONLORD avatarwow, wtf canada. 25gb. i have a cable internet and can get 25gb in like a couple of hours. man, that just flat out sucks. that why you dont see much for torrents coming from canada anyways. it is good that netflix is trying to work with such a low data cap but at the same time kept the high quality in place also

posted by (2011-03-31 22:24:57)
vintagejakker avatarMy god how we used to admire canadians freedom, guess 1984 just took a bit longer to reach them...

posted by (2011-04-01 00:31:04)
TheFearAgenda avatarIt's brutal over here right now. There is all this stuff with the UBB and now we are having a retarded election so we can waste millions of dollars with an end that I believe will remain the same. There have been some providers that have already come forward and said no matter what Bell decided they aren't going to gouge their customers. There is a team fighting and trying to bring awareness to this mess [OpenMedia.ca] check it out. Some of the stuff will blow your mind at what they want to do. I just started with Netflicks, and it's awesome. Glad I have one of the providers that are standing firm. It's crazy though. Our Freedom is slowly trying to disappear, maybe that's why there are so many pirates in the great white north.. lol

posted by Blocked (2011-04-01 01:29:42)
menahunie avatarWhat you are seeing what Bell and other providers are doing is nothing but in your face monopoly. The phone companies did the very same thing and after a while got a major beat down. The thing is people are not abusers as some ahole providers have labeled us; we are only doing what the provider told us we can do when we signed up for unlimited service; but their definition of unlimited defy what the Websters dictionary defines what unlimited it. It was like Clinton stating under oath what is is!
What has happened is over the years internet providers have pocketed BILLIONS of Dollars in profits and when their networks have been overloaded by being over sold and the refusal to upgrade it; they blame their clients, you and I and call us bandwidth abusers. So now in a monopolistic scheme for gargantuan profits in the name of making internet access fair to you and I; they prepare the giant screwdriver and proceed to screw us all..
The telephone companies have learned from this attitude that the big ISP's are showing and have invested billions upgrading their lines. Time wart, and other have their head up theirs and are heading for the same downfall that befell the phone companies decades ago; BUT the phone companies are going to yank allot of the market share from these greedy bastards.
I know since where I am the major ISP Timewart has a monopoly here as well as cable TV programing. The competitors Dish and Direct were the only others until now. The phone company here is getting ready to provide TV and HD programing 1080i over the phone lines as well as internet. My bandwidth was upped to at least 25mbps down and I HAVE NO CAPS... I can hear the clinking from the rocks Timewart and their cable co. here are squeezing out over this..
Remember this Bell and others don't own the internet backbones THE PHONE COMPANIES DO....

posted by (2011-04-01 03:03:47)
fusion422 avatarglad i still get uncapped net usage and wont ever change :@

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