Comcast anti-trust probe launched, DoJ concerned about Xfinity

By Rick
Jun 13, 2012
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  1. Citing individuals "familiar with the matter", the Wall Street Journal claims the Department of Justice is investigating Comcast for possible anti-trust violations. The DoJ has reportedly spoken to Netflix, Hulu, Comcast and others so far during their investigation. Comcast has been…

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  2. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    If Comcast is counting the XBOX as a cable box and the ppl who download the APP agree to it, I dont see where the DoJ has any sway in the matter. Comcast is giving another way to recieve their services nothing more. Its a shame that instead of the other netmovie providers innovating their own services, they would rather cry "NO FAIR!"
  3. mevans336

    mevans336 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 163   +11

    In this case, Comcast is right. The traffic never leaves Comcast's network and is likely stored in their regional data centers, similar to their VoD programming. If it's not traversing their peering points, it's not the same as Netflix or Hulu.
  4. The problem is that your argument is irrelevant. Yes, it is within their own network and they aren't having to connect through other companies networks, however they ARE stifling competition by imposing these bandwidth caps only to the competitors traffic. The result is that they would squeeze that competition out of the market by artificially inflating the prices of said competition, so the DOJ is absolutely right to investigate this. Anything that harms consumers through anti-competitive measures deserves to be reviewed for anti-trust violations.
  5. DOJ has no grounds.

    Comcasts are giving these free caps out to people who use THEIR cable service. and this streaming service is the content from THEIR cable service. therefore they make it free, because if you can get it free on the TV. why would you pay to get it on the Xbox?

    therefore making it free because you ALREADY PAID for the service by owning Comcast cable.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    What is relevant however, is your lack of knowledge in this area.

    You're describing free market capitalism...
  7. The problem is cable services don't play in the free market. They are monopolies, and therefore should be subject to a higher standard. A monoploy cannot use it's power to force out competitive services.
  8. likedamaster

    likedamaster TechSpot Member Posts: 82   +12

    As a comcast subscriber, I am all for this. They cap my bandwidth like there's no tomorrow. Internet gets unusable at times, and I have the business unlimited plan. This investigation is long overdue.


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