May 19, 2012

Comcast’s New Data Usage Caps, Overage Fees

Comcast’s new data usage caps, overage fees.

If you are a Comcast customer and a heavy user of Internet – perhaps watching a lot of Netflix movies, Hulu Plus videos over the Internet or even using Comcast’s own Xfinity StreamPix – then you may want to keep Comcast’s new data usage limits in mind.

For reference - if you are watching a 1080p movie over the Internet that is encoded at 8 Mbps, you’ll consume data at the rate of 3.5 GB per hour.

And, if you watch a movie encoded at lower quality, 1.5 Mbps, you’ll consume data at 0.67 GB per hour.

Comcast, since 2008, has had a soft data usage limit of 250 GB. But now in a post, Comcast defines its new data usage policy

            Data usage cap = 300 GB per month
            Overage fees = $10 per 50 GB for usage over 300 GB

Comcast still seems to be trialing the new plans, so expect that it may get tweaked somewhat before it comes to you. 

And, with Comcast Data Usage Meter, you can check your data usage anytime.

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