Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has publicly come out swinging against Comcast, saying that its version of net neutrality and its data caps are horrible. Hastings takes issue with the fact that services such as Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go on Xbox count against Comcast customers’ broadband data caps, but Comcast’s own video service on Xbox Live – Xfinity – doesn’t.
This means that users might be more inclined to watch video on the Comcast’s service than on other services. It also means that Comcast lied about giving its video preferential treatment when it went before the FCC and the Justice department prior to its merger with NBC Universal. Groups like Public Knowledge warned that Comcast would do this, but the company promised that it would not give its video services preferential treatment over other video services.
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