It could be worse: data caps around the world. Here at Ars we spend a lot of time writing about data caps—those ceilings on how much broadband data you can use before your ISP taps you on the shoulder and tells you it's time to pay more.
Depending on where you live, these can range from "inconvenient" to "ruinous. " For instance, consider the Middle East's Kingdom of Bahrain. "My capacity refreshes on the 1st of each month and is depleted by the 12th," writes one Internet user there. "At that point my connection falls to 256Kbps (or if I choose, can maintain the same speed for 1 BD [US$2.65]) a GB. " "So while Canada's situation does suck," he adds, "I wish I was there instead of here.
" As we note below, Canadian ISPs definitely cap data use. Companies like Netflix are "putting a great stress on the Internet and there's no incentive for companies to invest in maintaining the Internet," the Commission's head Konrad von Finckenstein warned in early February. The United States Comcast. Time Warner Cable. Canada Rogers Communications. BT. Wireline Costs and Caps: A Few Facts. Bandwidth costs in the U.S. are between 2% and 5% of what we pay for broadband, a very minor part of the cost.
So when the Washington Post suggested "It's expensive to run a broadband network," as a legitimate reason to block Netflix and other video I thought to revisit the actual numbers. Broadband is an extraordinarily profitable service. Top Wall Street analysts John Hodulik of UBS and Craig Moffett of Bernstein both report broadband margins of 90% based on official company filings.
My own figure is more like a 75% margin because I allocate additional costs, but either implies running a broadband network is actually inexpensive in relation to the price charged. Bandwidth isn't free. Large European carriers have similar costs to the Americans. High backhaul and bandwidth costs in some parts of the world are important issues. Dailymotion chiffres clés Monde et France (Mars/Avril 2009) Dailymotion MONDE 59,3 millions de Visiteurs Uniques / Mois(source : comScore World Metrix, Avril 2009)
Amazon Enters OTT Video Subscription Business, Takes on Netflix, Hulu. Amazon just became a major player in the OTT video subscription business.
Today they announced their Amazon Prime members can now access over 5,000 movie and TV titles on their Amazon Instant Video service, at no additional charge. With the move, Amazon takes on companies like Netflix and Hulu, both of which also offer subscription OTT video services. “Millions of Amazon Prime members already enjoy the convenience of free Two-Day Shipping,” said Robbie Schwietzer, vice president of Amazon Prime. “Adding unlimited instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost is a great way to give members even more value for their $79 annual Amazon Prime membership.” Amazon Prime members pay a $79 annual fee and in return get unlimited two-day shipping free. Two data points of note with this move. Second, Amazon is also testing bundling of OTT subscription VOD. Eric Besson, la neutralité du Net et les autoroutes de l'information.
Désengorger les "autoroutes de l'information" en instaurant des "voies prioritaires" : c'est l'une des mesures clés du projet qu'a dévoilé le ministre de l'économie numérique, Eric Besson, mardi 8 février, lors d'un discours aux rencontres parlementaires sur le numérique.
"Le trafic échangé sur Internet croît globalement de 50 % chaque année. (...) Face à ce risque de saturation, se pose la question de la régulation du trafic", estime le ministre, qui file la métaphore des "autoroutes de l'information". "Les associations représentant les camionneurs, c'est-à-dire ceux qui occupent une place dominante et sans cesse croissante des autoroutes, prônent une neutralité totale vis-à-vis du trafic. Mais en cas de saturation, ce seront l'ensemble des utilisateurs qui ne pourront plus avancer, y compris les particuliers utilisant leurs voitures, y compris les ambulances nécessitant un trafic accéléré. " Dailymotion’s traffic surges – not being YouTube can be an advantage. Remember Dailymotion?
No? You remember! That web site that came out soon after YouTube with lots of video on it. Still nothing? Ok, well here’s a refresher. But that’s not all. “Dailymotion has remained focused on offering the best experience for our users, partners and advertisers,” said Cedric Tournay, CEO of Dailymotion. Dailymotion puts the growth down to curating content from premium partners alongside user generated video and sharing across social networks. Having visited Turkey recently, I can tell you that not being YouTube, which is banned in that country (population, 70 million), is kind’ve a help as well. Dailymotion is a social video site based out of Paris that offers a mix of both amateur and professional content. Auひかりにおける大量データ送信制限の開始について ｜ auひかり（auの光ファイバーサービス） 2011年2月1日 auひかりにおける大量データ送信制限の開始について 平素は、auのインターネットサービスauひかりをご利用いただきまして、誠にありがとうございます。 Auひかりをご利用のお客さまに、より快適かつ安定した環境でサービスをご利用いただくため、一定水準を超えるデータ送信 （ 注1 ） の継続的なご利用がある一部のお客さまについて、ネットワーク資源の公平性確保を目的として上りデータ通信速度の制限を開始します。 快適かつ安定した品質でのサービス提供への取り組みに向け、お客さまのご理解とご協力をお願いします。
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