Comcast: TV Everywhere Will Eat Into Your Metered Broadband

While on the conference call to announce the TV Everywhere initiative being promoted by Time Warner (s twx) and Comcast (s cmcsa), I asked Comcast CEO Brian Roberts if the content being streamed as part of this new effort would be free from the 250GB-a-month bandwidth quota his company has started imposing on this customers.

His answer: No. The streaming bandwidth consumed when watching videos using the TV everywhere system. would be counted towards the total monthly bandwidth usage quota. He said (and I paraphrase) that since You’re not going to get close enough to hitting the monthly quota anyway, he said, so why worry?¬†We (and many of our readers) disagree. We feel that while 250GB might look very generous today, it isn’t much when you start streaming or downloading HD-quality video.

I think it’s also disingenuous for the company to promote the usage of web-based video (and thus the consumption of more bandwidth) while imposing a meter on the bandwidth and at the same time charging for the same video (as cable subscription.) Now that’s some double-dipping, baby!

Comcast, Time Warner Team Up to Control TV on the Internet

Updated: Sometime tomorrow, Comcast and Time Warner will announce a partnership to promote the concept of TV Everywhere. Jeff Bewkes, chairman and CEO of Time Warner, and Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, will have a joint media conference tomorrow in New York. The deal makes it painfully obvious that everything cable companies do — including introducing the draconian metered broadband policies — is done to save their video franchises. Read More about Comcast, Time Warner Team Up to Control TV on the Internet

New “TV Everywhere” Head: Web Access to TV Is Too Confusing

Yesterday Andrew Heller, a long-time Time Warner (s TWX) exec, was promoted to vice chairman of TBS, aka head of Time Warner’s “TV Everywhere” initiative, which would give authenticated subscribers access to television content online. We’re watching the project closely to see whether it’s about cable defending itself or cable adapting to serve digital consumers.

Heller indicated allegiance to both angles in an interview with Ad Age. He said TV Everywhere’s most important task is to preserve the value of the cable business model for consumers. But Heller also emphasized the consumer experience, if a bit weakly. “It’s important we do this as quickly as we can because there is such disparate treatment of access to commercially produced long-form content as an industry that it’s confusing to the consumer, and that’s unhealthy.”

I wouldn’t say confusion about what’s available where is actually causing anyone all that much pain. But it’s fair to say that a nicely organized (and deep) catalog from TV Everywhere would give web consumption a bump. The appeal of the service will come out in the details (and the price).