AT&T Unveils Usage-Based Pricing

AT&T Unveils Usage-Based Pricing

As Todd Spangler wrote in Multichannel News [subscription required], “It might be the beginning of the end for the all-you-can-eat broadband buffet”, as AT&T announced usage-based pricing last week for its DSL and U-verse customers. According to Multichannel [this link free], Sanford Bernstein senior analyst Craig Moffett says that this move may provide “air cover” for large U.S. cable operators to do the same. As more users are watching “over-the-top” video services instead of just web-surfing on their broadband connections, cable systems financial models are eing stressed.

Comcast, Cox and Charter cable systems already have usage caps on their broadband services and Canada’s Rogers moved to consumption-based broadband pricing several years ago. Time Warner, however met with customer resistance when it experimented in 2009 with usage-based pricing on some of its systems.

So what does this all mean for the average couch potato? Well if you were expecting to cut your cable service from the SuperOptimal Platimum Tier to Basic Cable and watch all your shows on Hulu Plus, your broadband provider just might have something else in mind.

UPDATE: Netflix Cuts Data Use on Canada Streaming Service [and the techie details from BGR.]

Cisco’s Plans for World Domination

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Cisco’s Plans for World Domination

While Moammar Gadhafi‘s plans for world domination appear to be dashed, Cisco’s plans to rule “Over-the-Top” media distribution technology are underway with their “Videoscape TV Platform“. At CES, Cisco CEO John Chambers presented their five-pronged “grand plan” for Videoscape, which Chambers called “The Future of TV”.

Robin Berger’s post in TVTechnology  describes Cisco’s plan for “The Future of TV”.

Fanfare™ and TakeTV™

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Fanfare™ and TakeTV™

Had lunch today with my favorite industry shmoozer and one of the things we discussed was TakeTV™ (a small media player you connect to your TV) and the possibility of additional product announcements at CES. Read the original Press Release here.

And the Fanfare™ website (where you download the content) is here.