Comcast is raising its monthly internet data cap to 1TB | The Verge

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> Comcast is raising its monthly internet data cap to 1TB
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> Comcast is raising data caps to 1TB in all areas of the US that it’s currently limiting internet usage. It’s a huge increase, pushing the limit up from today’s 300GB limit, which customers could reasonably meet by streaming a lot of Netflix. Comcast says that shouldn’t be a problem with its new cap. “Today, more than 99 percent of our customers do not come close to using a terabyte,” Comcast executive vice president Marcien Jenckes says. A typical customer, Jenckes writes, only uses “six percent” of a terabyte each month.
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> An unlimited plan is available for $50 / month more
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> The announcement comes just days after the FCC indicated that it had serious concerns about data caps . In moving to clear Charter’s purchase of Time Warner Cable, the commission said it would require the combined company to not apply any data caps for seven years. The condition was one among many meant to prevent the internet provider from interfering with the development of online video businesses. Comcast clearly got the picture that its own data caps could eventually have been viewed the same way. So it’s taken care of them now.
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> The raised data cap is great news for Comcast’s customers. While a 300GB limit is something you may well have to worry about hitting, 1TB — at least in the immediate future — is going to be far less of a problem. Of course, years from now, when 4K (or higher) definition video streaming is widespread, that could very easily change.
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> Comcast’s data caps are currently being “trialled” throughout the country in a number of major cities, but they’re not yet ubiquitous. All customers who are currently capped will have their cap raised up to 1TB by June. Anyone who needs to use beyond 1TB of data will have to pay more. Comcast is offering additional chunks of 50GB for $10, or an unlimited plan for $50 more per month.
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> Though this is largely good news, Jenckes’ remarks suggest that other Comcast customers — who do not currently have data caps — may be in line to get them in the future. “We’re currently evaluating our plans to roll this out in other markets,” Jenckes writes. At least when that happens, there won’t be as much reason to complain .
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> Disclosure: Comcast is an investor in Vox Media, The Verge’s parent company.
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Comcast Xfinity Apple TV Activation

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> Comcast Xfinity Apple TV Activation
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> If you’re an Apple TV user and a Comcast Xfinity subscriber, you’ve probably wondered why the steps to activate certain channels on the Apple TV don’t work. It doesn’t seem to be an issue with Apple’s software. It appears that Comcast doesn’t want certain channels like History, AETV, Lifetime, etc. available to Apple TV users. Comcast is actually dense enough to make this a difficult process without any justification besides its own ego. It’s not the first time they’ve been stupid; they’ve done much worse . We’re still going to tell you how to fix your Comcast Xfinity Apple TV activation. The authorization for these channels actually works, but none of the channels lists Comcast as an option during the normal process. Thankfully, an adept fellow posted the URL authorization string to Comcast’s forums so we can manually input the Comcast Xfinity Apple TV activation.
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> We think this is much easier on a computer versus a mobile device, so grab one and meet us back here. You’re back? Great. Let’s do this. The process involves copying a long URL string customized for each channel, replacing a few stars with the activation code from your Apple TV, and accessing the modified URL in a browser. Before we can do that, you have to sign in to your Comcast account. Here we go:
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> Open your browser, navigate to xfinity.comcast.net , and sign in to your account.
> On your Apple TV, navigate to a channel that requires authorization.
> When you try to sign in, it will give you an activation code. Keep this up on your TV. Don’t navigate anywhere else.
> Come back to this post and copy the corresponding channel URL.
> Go back to your browser and paste the URL into the address bar – but do not hit enter.
> Find the ******* in the URL and replace the stars with the activation code as shown on your TV. All letters are uppercase.
> Then hit enter and wait. It could take up to 15 seconds, but the Apple TV should show the success message.
> Make sure you complete all of those steps within a couple minutes. The Apple TV activation codes expire quickly, and you’ll have to restart the process at Step 2 above. To activate another channel, just repeat the steps above with the channel you want. You do not need to sign in to your Comcast account for each channel. It’ll remember your account details after the first step. We’ve included the currently available Comcast Xfinity Apple TV activation URLs in this list.
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> Comcast Xfinity Apple TV Activation URLs
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> Currently, we only have Comcast Xfinity Apple TV activation URLs for these channels. If Apple adds more channels within Comcast’s service offerings, we’ll do our best to add those as we see them.
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> ABC
> http://adobe.ly/24cktoN
> AETV
> http://adobe.ly/1O31e4p
> FYI
> http://adobe.ly/24cktoS
> History Channel
> http://adobe.ly/1O31e4q
> Lifetime
> http://adobe.ly/24cktoT
> HGTV
> http://adobe.ly/1O31bWn
> Food Network
> http://adobe.ly/24ckvND
> Travel Channel
> http://adobe.ly/1O31ccC
> DIY Network
> http://adobe.ly/24cktoY
> CNNgo
> Not currently compatible with these methods.
> We tried to make this as simple as possible. As with anything slightly technical, this process could prove difficult. If you follow our instructions correctly, you shouldn’t have any trouble. However, if you find yourself having trouble with the Comcast Xfinity Apple TV activation, leave us a comment and we’ll try to help.
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> Do you have a Roku or Xbox?
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> Shout out to Carol for testing this on a Roku. It looks like you can use the same URL structure to activate a Comcast channel on the Roku. You just have to replace “appletv” at the end of the activation URL with “roku” – simple enough. I don’t have a Roku to test it, but the logic makes sense. According to Philip, this works with “xbox360” as well. It’s probably safe to assume it’ll work with “xboxone” too. You shouldn’t need those for any of the device-agnostic channels like HGTV, FN, or TC. Let me know if those work for you.
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> I no longer have Comcast TV service (shocker). So I can’t test these URLs, but it appears that HGTV, Food Network, and Travel Channel all share a similar URL structure as the previously working channels. They don’t need a device listed at the end of the URL string, just their “thanks.html” page. Simple enough. I’ve added those to the list here. Let me know how they work for you in the comments. CNNgo still requires a unique session token for each activation that we can’t replicate with this simple URL scheme. Thanks to Carlos, Martin, and Jason for testing the new channels and working out this URL structure. If anything else works by following the same or a slightly modified structure, please let me know. Enjoy!
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