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Extension of TWC usage charging is a real life streaming video disaster movie

Netflix and Hulu must be worried; TWC’s decision to extend its usage charging model to additional cities spells disaster for mainstream online video streaming.

The explosive growth in online video streaming sponsored by broadcasters may be about to get stopped in its tracks.  Not due to copyright issues.  Not due to a lack of advertisers and viewers.  Just simply because many of us won’t be able to afford to watch the stuff.

TWC’s plan to charge $1 per GB above a max 40GB monthly cap means that after a few HD shows we’ll be paying bigtime.  Gizmodo reckons this could add $5 to the cost of downloading an iTunes movie.

Just when it seemed like streaming video was becoming a regular part of life, it might instead become a barrier between the haves and the have-nots.

Neil Berman

www.theonbutton.com

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Apr 2, 2009 - Posted by | Analysis, News, Rants |

1 Comment »

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