Xfinity On Demand on Xbox 360 Won't Affect Comcast Data Caps

March 26, 2012 -

According to VOX Games, Comcast's Xfinity On Demand service for Xbox 360 won't count against subscribers' bandwidth caps. That's good news for Comcast customers who were concerned about running afoul of the data cap because they decided to view some video content "over the internet." Of course, it would probably better news if Comcast was announcing that it had decided to eliminate data caps altogether, but we'll take what we can get.

The clarification on this comes from Comcast's official FAQ for the service:

"..since the content is being delivered over our private IP network and not the public Internet, it does not count against a customer's bandwidth cap," reads the FAQ.

The FAQ also reveals that the Xfinity TV app will work with Kinect and will be integrated into the Xbox Dashboard's search system.

Xfinity On Demand is slated for release on Xbox Live sometime in "early 2012" - which could mean at any time...

Source: VOX Games


Comments

Re: Xfinity On Demand on Xbox 360 Won't Affect Comcast Data Caps

Doesn't that break net neutrality rules?

Re: Xfinity On Demand on Xbox 360 Won't Affect Comcast Data Caps

And how much did M$ pay Comcast for this feature?  I suspect that there's more to this than we're told...

Re: Xfinity On Demand on Xbox 360 Won't Affect Comcast Data Caps

No specific need to pay Comcast.. they are streaming Comcast's feature so they are only really competing with their set top boxes.

It was only a matter of time before we started seeing more of this... the original push behind the caps was to give Netflix a scare (and stop heavy users) without impacting people consuming Comcast's content.. and sent a strong message to people who only bought broadband and not Comcast's bundled media service.

Re: Xfinity On Demand on Xbox 360 Won't Affect Comcast Data Caps

This is the first step towards turning the internet and it's content into nothing short of traditional cable service. The service shouldn't be "relevant" just because Comcast isn't charging extra for the bandwidth, this should be a MASSIVE red flag. Comcast has taken the first step away past the line of the "extreme" from Neutrality.

Re: Xfinity On Demand on Xbox 360 Won't Affect Comcast Data Caps

Wow.... This service just became relevant with this news.

 
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