Time Warner has a plan in store for those folks who download more than the defined number of gigabytes allotted to them, as denoted in its NEW rate plans, which are currently being tested in Beaumont, TX. Residents of Beaumont, who may have purchased a shiny new Apple TV, could see that an HD movie download could cost as much as 30.00 per movie. Not quite the price point Steve Jobs pitched at Macworld, is it? This is just another attempt on behalf of the cable companies to try and force new technologies out of their space. We all know of the Comcast problems, and now Time Warner is jumping aboard the “Hate-Train” to try and cause as much pain and suffering as possible for the subscribers/third party companies. The cable companies should learn to play nice and embrace new technologies – didn’t they learn that in preschool? I guess not. Time Warner, like other cable companies, is just scared that people are moving away from cable and are watching their programs over the Internet. Doesn’t seem like the smart thing to do would be to piss off your customers by activating bandwidth restrictions/penalties. Time Warner wants its subscribers to order movies through it and nobody else. Can you smell the jealousy and hate?
While the numbers of the plan are not available for review, it is assumed that it will follow what other cable companies like Bell Canada have done – charging as much as $7.50 per gigabyte downloaded outside of the allotted amount/plan.
Here is how the numbers work:
A typical HD download from Apple TV = 4 to 5 gigabytes
Let’s say additional gigs of download = $7.50 per gig
Apple TV movie download = $30.00+
BOOOOO on cable companies! Shame on you, Time Warner!
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