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Netflix Blasts Comcast Streaming Policy

  • Facebook, Monday, April 16, 2012 12:34 PM

Using his Facebook page of all things, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings blasted Comcast this weekend for its treatment of streaming content. In his post, Hastings cites his experiences through four apps running on Xbox 360, including Hulu, HBO Go, Xfinity, and, of coarse, Netflix. “It's safe to say Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is not a big fan of Comcast,” USA Today jokes.

“According to Hastings, video streaming through the [apps] counted against the monthly data consumed under his cable Internet plan. However, the Comcast-owned app does not apply to data usage.” As Hastings himself writes: "For example, if I watch last night's SNL episode on my Xbox through the Hulu app, it eats up about one gigabyte of my cap, but if I watch that same episode through the Xfinity Xbox app, it doesn't use up my cap at all … The same device, the same IP address, the same wifi, the same Internet connection, but totally different cap treatment. In what way is this neutral?"

Not the first time Hastings has gone after Comcast, he only recently attached to cable giant for blocking use of the Xbox Live app HBO Go -- an issue Comcast has since resolved.

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