Netflix CEO Attacks Comcast Over Net Neutrality Issues
2012.04.16 10:46 by Daniela
Tags: Netflix, Comcast, Xfinity, Hulu
Netflix's CEO, Reed Hastings has turned to Facebook to express his disappointment with Comcast's approach to net neutrality and caps. He wrote the following post:
"Comcast no longer following net neutrality principles. Comcast should apply caps equally, or not at all. I spent the weekend enjoying four good Internet video apps on my Xbox: Netflix, HBO GO, Xfinity, and Hulu," Hastings wrote. "When I watch video on my Xbox from three of these four apps, it counts against my Comcast Internet cap. When I watch through Comcast's Xfinity app, however, it does not count against my Comcast Internet cap."
Last month, it was revealed that customers who subscribe to Comcast's Xfinity TV service for the Xbox 360 won't be charged for the service's data use against the ISP's 250GB monthly cap. This means that anyone worried about hitting the cap will watch what they can on Xfinity, giving it an advantage over the other services like Netflix or even a service it partially owns, Hulu.
Washington, D.C-based consumer group Free Press has already criticized Comcast for the discrepancy.
"Not counting this video against a Comcast customer's monthly data limit gives the Comcast product an unfair advantage against other Internet video services," Free Press policy director Matt Wood said last month. "Unfortunately, such anti-competitive tricks may be allowed by loopholes in the FCC's Open Internet rules, proving once again that the FCC failed to deliver on the promise of real Net Neutrality."
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