Probably the last thing you associate a triathlete with is being on the couch streaming movies. However, that is not completely true. We spend many hours on our bikes. Last week alone, I logged close to 7 hours on my trainer and that’s probably how much an average long distance triathlete would spend cycling per week. With the bad weather and short days, most of this time is spent on a trainer.
Cycling outdoors is probably one of the most enjoyable activities you can do. However, it can be the complete opposite when you are pedalling indoors in a dark basement. So how do we do it?
Each cyclist or a triathlete have away to let time pass for those long rides, however streaming online movies, whether from Netflix, Hulu or whatever is one of the ways we keep our minds entertained while peddling away on the trainer.
Now, AT&T is trying to get in the way with a new 150GB monthly cap for their DSL subscribers. I am sure I don’t spend that much bandwidth per month however I really didn’t care. On May 2nd, AT&T will change that.
Streaming a movie in HD could cost you about 1GB of data transfer. So to use all your 150GB of data transfer, you will have to stream about 5GB per day or close to 5 movies and that’s not including doing anything else. Watching a live Ironman event will probably eat up around 5GB.
Now this might not sound like much to you but the problem I have with this new policy is that, it will make me think twice about doing what I usually do online. Whether it is watching an Ironman event, downloading a software or an app, streaming an episode of Modern Family or browsing through photos on Twitter or facebook. Right now, I don’t have to think about it, I just do it.
This new cap will have a significant impact on the future of technology and the Internet and the company need to rethink their strategy or cable companies will take advantage of this and take their customers away.