While they have, in past years, enjoyed glorious recognitino such as the iconic ["Worst Company in America"](http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2010/04/comcast_wins_consumerist_worst.html) award, Comcast isn't letting its data-caps go away anytime soon, and while they have raised some of their caps in some markets, it's apparent the motive of the entire movement is far from bandwidth-related. Last month, Comcast stopped kicking around the idea of [data caps](http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/09/comcast-data-caps-hit-test-cities-range-from-300gb-to-600gb/) and instead pushed it into high gear, launching the capped services in various test markets, with limits ranging from 300GB to 600GB. The caps, designed to help quell bandwidth usage with their customers, seems to be suicidal from …

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Make no mistake, Apple and Google both want to be the gateway to your TV. Back in May, Google [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/announcing-google-tv-tv-meets-web-web.html"]officially announced[/URL] its TV initiative. Just yesterday came rumors in [URL="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/apple-hopes-to-re-enter-the-living-room/"]this New York Times blog post[/URL] that Apple is working to revamp its failed Apple TV. Google and Apple, like many folks recognize that the long awaited merging of our PCs and our TVs has to come eventually, and there is definitely a growing sense that the joining could be finally near. That Google and Apple are fighting for our attention in this area proves it must be a worthwhile area …

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Netflix subscribers who also happen to own an iPhone or iPod touch are now able to stream content to their devices over 3G or WiFi, a feature reserved for iPad users until yesterday. [ATTACH=RIGHT]16946[/ATTACH]The app is available for free in the App Store for members, but obviously requires a subscription, starting at $8.99 for mail service with streaming included. Users are technically getting this as a perk, so Netflix isn't expected to support their entire Watch Now catalog. Viewers are limited to films from distributers that have agreed to support mobile devices. Relativity Media is one such studio, and in …

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[ATTACH=right]16680[/ATTACH][URL="www.hulu.com"]Hulu[/URL] might be worth as much as $2 billion, the [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/16/technology/16hulu.html?partner=rss&emc=rss"]New York Times[/URL] reported today, alongside news that the site for streaming videos and TV shows might soon go public. The Times reported that the 3-year-old company has been in talks recently to begin a public stock offering potentially later this year. So far in the site's short existence, it has struggled to turn a major profit. Last year the company reportedly brought in $100 million. And according to [URL="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38724890/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/"]MSNBC[/URL], Hulu ads reached almost 8 percent of the American population in June and in July reached almost 30 percent. An …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16558[/ATTACH]Netflix users becoming growingly accustomed to stagnant queues of movies can breathe a sigh of relief. It was announced earlier today (August 10) that Netflix would embark on an estimated $1 billion deal over the course of the next five years with Epix, the premium pay-TV and video on demand (VOD) subscription service, beginning on September 1. Under the agreement, new releases and library titles available to stream instantly will make their way over to Netflix 90 days after they premier on Epix, to honor previous contracts with current cable and satellite companies. Historically, the rights to these theatrical releases …

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The land of maple syrup, curling, Mounties, hockey, Mexican beer's sudsy love child, free healthcare, and self-titled bacon has just obtained another claim to fame: the first Netflix stream-only endeavor. [ATTACH]15908[/ATTACH]Netflix, the world's leading movie and TV subscription service with over 13 million subscribers, is extending its services to Canada later this fall by offering its inaugural stream-only service. They opted out of the DVD/Blu-ray delivery portion of memberships commonly seen in the United States because the costs of shipping them via French trading boats up the Mississippi River would have been astronomical. Canadian users will be able to instantly …

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I've said before that I'm not a big fan of Netflix. Anything that makes me keep tabs on envelopes, stamps, and post offices is so 20th century. Plus, I already have video on demand via Direct TV and don't see the need. But guess what? That puts me in the minority among home movie buffs. Netflix CEO Barry McCarthy said last week that the company's sales numbers were "remarkably strong", even in the midst of a recession. And, according to Piper Jaffrey digital media analyst Michael Olsen, Netfliex is gaining ground fast on chief rival Blockbuster. Back to McCarthy for …

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Today's edition of TechWeb poses an interesting question. With digital movie rentals coming on strong, is Netflix in a good position to grab a big slice of market share? The mail-a-movie giant hasn't impressed Wall Street with its efforts so far, although it does have a box-top digital set that feeds films electronically to televisions sets ready to roll. Online movie rentals could be a $1 billion business this year, and shows signs of growing larger going forward. The premise is too juicy not to work - order a movie from a huge catalog of film faves for a few …

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Netflix -- those wonderful people who provide a website for you to choose movies from, and then will mail you a DVD that you can view at your leisure and return back to them via the US Mail -- was working on a plan with TiVo to download / stream the movie content to your set over the internet. According to internet sources, the Netflix deal with TiVo is dead. Well, officially it is "indefinately postponed". To me, that means dead. And what a shame! Why is it that Copyright holders think they are protected by the plastic disks that …

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