Maybe if a 42-44 minute show didn't have 16-18 minutes of commercials more people would be willing to watch them on TV? When you watch a show on ABC.com, for example, you only get 30 second commercial breaks. If you DVR it, the commercials can be skipped. If you Download (DL) it, hopefully someone got rid of commercials for you. It's just natural to NOT want to sit through that crap. Besides, VCR's have been around for decades now and the industry has delt with it. If anything, I'd say it's DLs more than DVRs.
streaming will be affected by some of the new plans ISPs have for download caps.Didin't comcast just announce a 250gig monthly hard cap where if you go over it you pay extra. As someone who spent a week travelling for work and had to pay a hotel on ametered charge by the megabyte I can tell you you don't realize how much data you transfer until you have to pay on a metered scale. Just checking work email for an hour a day on vpn and checking critical systems ate up close to 2 gig a day. Now add all the extra stuff you do with your home connection RSS subscriptions to video/audio downloads, filesharing [maybe], add your usual blogroll or whatever. Just loading the main page of some sites pulls down 2-3 megs, now read a few articles. hell misconfigure any apps that use RSS and they can check for updates to a feed too often , lets say the rss feed is a few hundred kilobytes and your rss reader is checking it every minute for updates? it adds up fast don't it?
well DVRs and media centers don't get affected by the bandwidth caps, but I've been wondering how much info the networks get from cable as to who's watching what when..
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