Comcast’s HD Technology, an initiative to increase the efficiency and speed of HD television service in the US, has had an eye-popping price increase for a long time. With the price of a single HD channel increasing from $20 to $30, the price of a HD TV, and an increase in bandwidth from 4GB to 5GB, the TV company has just gone over the top to try and make money.
Comcast is a cable provider. The tech behind their HD service is a bit arcane and complex, but we don’t need to go over it here, so I’ll just say that the company is trying to get as many people to buy their service in order to make money. The goal is to use the higher bandwidth to create more and more streams that the TV provider can then charge for. It’s a common tactic in high-speed data networks to artificially inflate the speed of data transfers.
Comcast is also trying to make money by charging for higher data speeds for HD streams and so on… but those aren’t included here. This is just a quick example of what is possible given the technical capabilities.
Comcast has been trying to make money by charging higher fees for HD streams for a long time. It’s not a new tactic, but in the past, it was a lot easier to make money by charging more for data than in the past it was easy to make money by charging less for data.
In the past, this could have been done by offering an extra download in the same package. This is much less of a problem now because we live in a world that has access to many more bandwidths. But yes, the old method was not only feasible, but it could have also been more efficient. The old method would have required a certain amount of bandwidth to download the data, and this could be expensive if you relied on a single provider.
Now, if you want to make money on a single provider, this is no longer an option. It’s simply too expensive to use that provider for data downloading. The data has to move over the Internet. It’s then re-encrypted, downloaded, and then re-encrypted again. But all this just to make more money, no? In fact, most of the data downloading is done by companies like comcast. They use their own private networks to do data transfer.
The companies like comcast are the ones who provide the data for the game. The data is then encrypted and then re-encrypted and then re-used. This is to make more money for those companies too.
There are two ways to look at this. One is to view it as a sort of public subsidy. For most people in the U.S. in the last few years, the data has been free to download, but companies like comcast provide the data which the consumer has to pay for. It’s also a form of “pay to play”: as soon as a consumer wants to download a lot of data they can just pay a fee to download it.
There’s a third way to look at it. If you don’t pay, you don’t have to download the data. In a free market, there is no reason for the consumer to pay. There’s no guarantee that the consumer will pay for the data. It’s a form of monopoly.
This is actually a good thing. The only way that the internet is free is if you get to download lots of stuff, but once you pay, you are paying for the right to download lots more stuff. In this sense, the internet is a form of pay to play.