Jul
17
2011
0

AT&T takes Billions from US Tax Payers while Imposing Download Caps

For AT&T it’s another day, another dollar…  or rather billions of dollars. Your’s, collected from taxes and deficit spending.  I read a article on cnet about AT&T’s justification of ‘download usage caps’.  AT&T General Counsel Wayne Watts reasoned the need for caps like this,

 “It is hardly surprising that the general counsel of Netflix, a company that accounts for a whopping 30% of peak-hour Internet traffic in North America, would oppose Internet service providers charging customers based on how much Internet data (movies) they download,” Watts said in a letter posted on WSJ.com today.

What this genius(sarcasm) doesn’t get is that Netflix is the ONLY affordable and legal way to access lots of movies from the internet.  That’s all there is to it.  Do you think if a brand new movie at the super market check-out line was merely $1.99 people would bother to steal or stream?  My first point is that there are many ways to distribute content; Netflix happens to be popular now, but the buz was against hulu and youtube previously. My second point is that AT&T should be the last company in America to complain about it, much less feel entitled to gouge their customers.

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Jun
22
2009
17

Watch Netflix on Linux – with Windows XP Virtual Machine running Virtualbox

I signed up for a Netflix account yesterday, but when I tried to watch streaming video online I got an annoying message about hoe my Operating System is not supported.  When I found out that they didn’t support Linux I was so pissed.  Plenty of web content out there is Mac, Linux, and Windows friendly.  But they have this annoying DRM crap.  It’s not like you couldn’t just screen record it anyway, or just download a torrent… The messed up thing is I want to pay!  I’m more than willing to shell out $10-$15 a month to watch from a library of TV shows and movies.  Most people are!

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