Netflix, for example, charges $7.99 a month for its “basic” subscription. A basic subscriber does not get unlimited usage of Netflix’s library for that price but, instead, is limited to videos in standard definition format and on only one screen at a time."
Close...What the phone companies are doing is acting like Netflix and charging $7.99/month, but only allowing us to watch 20 movies a month. Once we reach our 20 movie cap, we get charged $1.99/movie extra. Now compound that with Netflix/other companies sending us movie "previews" that count against our movie cap, but they won't tell us by how much...
Data caps have been idiotic when the data is "infinite" There's no way you're going to run out of 1's and 0's in the middle of downloading something.
Between the USOC's antics around trademark and NBC's massive fail in broadcasting the 2012 Olympic games (who the hell TAPE DELAYS live events???) I've pretty much lost all interest in the Olympics at this point.
No evidence of consumer harm??? Oh, that's a good one. Let's imagine if grocery stores ran like cable providers. Here's how I'd see it.
Based on where you lived, you could only shop at a specific store. You had to by your groceries in "packages". You need a gallon of milk? Well, we'll need you to also buy some butter, sour cream, and cheese. That box of cereal? Sure, here's some oatmeal and bran flakes...We think that'll go pretty good with your choice of cereal.
Oh, and the store will close at random times. We'll leave a number out front that you can call to find out when we'll be open after listening to our nice library of hold music for 3 hours.
If this ever happened, you could just imagine what the outrage would be.
Wait until this tech makes it into 3D printers...Trying to print some figures for a miniatures game? Sorry, that design is protected under copyright. If you'd like to continue printing, please swipe your credit card. Thank you...