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I'm using Sling TV and Netflix. It's just me in the house. A little Skype and Pandora as well. I have a data cap of 1 TB. I run Sling TV for approximately 8-12 hours a day, and Netflix maybe an hour or 2 a day. Should I worry about exceeding my data cap? I can't seem to get a straight answer from Comcast who wants me to take their cable. I turn Sling TV off when I'm doing something or asleep so I don't use extra data. Thanks. Andy
 
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I'm using Sling TV and Netflix. It's just me in the house. A little Skype and Pandora as well. I have a data cap of 1 TB. I run Sling TV for approximately 8-12 hours a day, and Netflix maybe an hour or 2 a day. Should I worry about exceeding my data cap? I can't seem to get a straight answer from Comcast who wants me to take their cable. I turn Sling TV off when I'm doing something or asleep so I don't use extra data. Thanks. Andy
I think the math approximately says 24/7 streaming all month at about 3 Mb/s would eclipse 1 TB for the month.
 
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Nov bill cycle was my first full month of Sling, Netflix and Amazon only. We generally run sling only on Sat and Sun, so I figure I did 120 hours overall for Sling/Watch ESPN on the weekend with two tv's running. Prob 8-10 hours of Amazon 1080p each week, and then 3-4 hours of Netflix UHD each week, and I just hit 500. Plus work emails, web surfing etc...

Mediacom had a deal to go from 100 down with 1 TB to 150 down with 2TB for like $6 more, so I took it yesterday.
 
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Get a router that keeps up with your data usage. Personally I prefer ddwrt on my router.
 
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https://www.att.com/esupport/data-calculator/

Using this tool, if you are streaming 12 hours a day, the video alone will put you close to your cap.

Great tool. Spot on with its estimates. When I cut the cord and started using PS Vue, I was only getting 350 GB month of data, so I was monitoring very closely. I was always in the 300-350 GB range depending on how much sports I watched OTA that month (my cable company had a data usage meter on its website that was updated daily). Thankfully my cable company has since bumped the monthly data for all levels of service to 1 TB (with a $5 price increase of course), so I don't have to worry any more, though I still wondered if it would be enough data if I ever was laid up and had only TV watching to do all day.
 
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Comcast for me still cannot detect my owned modem, on my account page and app it says for internet-There aren't any devices set up yet.

Still get billed correctly, works with no problem, must be a bug in their system as far as owned modems go which is fine for me if we use too much data.

Still can't wait for when they upgrade us to the 1g service with no data caps, would hate having to worry how much I am using a service that I pay for.


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Verizon tells me how much I have used but we do not have a data cap. I wonder if they plan to implement one since they are keeping track of it
 
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I have suddenlink and went over the cap back in May. I looked on the website and found out for $10.00 more it's unlimited. Some nights Netflix watches me sleep.
 
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UPDATE---I was home today and have been up since 4:30am. I immediately checked my meter and added 33GB because if you take 1 TB and divide by 31 it comes to right at 33 GB a day. As of tonight, used Skype several times and watched a Netflix movie and streamed a lot of Sling TV today, I have about 16 GB left I could ideally use today. It's right at 9:30pm. So at this rate I won't exceed for the month. Good to know. The usage meter comes in handy and seems to be updated hourly.
 
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Even though I have less download and upload speed, I have unlimited data, so that is why I have stayed with Frontier. Thank goodness they offer the 24/2 mb plan here (its actually 21 after their so called overhead). The local cable company here does not offer an unlimited data plan but Suddenlink in the nearby towns do now once again.
 
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Even though I have less download and upload speed, I have unlimited data, so that is why I have stayed with Frontier. Thank goodness they offer the 24/2 mb plan here (its actually 21 after their so called overhead). The local cable company here does not offer an unlimited data plan but Suddenlink in the nearby towns do now once again.
Comcast here is the only game in town unless you want DSL 6meg down. Not consistent enough to keep up a decent stream on Sling TV. Netflix always worked fine. I get about 30 down eithernet connected. I have no problems. Wish Comcast would do away with caps. They changed their unlimited plan from 15 dollars extra a month to 50 dollars extra a month. Sucks!!
 
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Comcast for me still cannot detect my owned modem, on my account page and app it says for internet-There aren't any devices set up yet.

Still get billed correctly, works with no problem, must be a bug in their system as far as owned modems go which is fine for me if we use too much data.

Still can't wait for when they upgrade us to the 1g service with no data caps, would hate having to worry how much I am using a service that I pay for.


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Update, finally received my new modem from amazon (Arris 8200) yesterday, like I posted before Comcast could not read data usage on my 6141, no such luck this time, the 8200 showed up on my account immediately.

The reason for this post is Comcast's Data Meter, in one day it says we used 102gb, there is no way, no Netflix or Vudu, Vue was only on a few hours yesterday in one room since I was at work all day.

While we have unlimited data, what about those who do not, how much is Comcast getting from customers based on their incorrect meter.


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Update, finally received my new modem from amazon (Arris 8200) yesterday, like I posted before Comcast could not read data usage on my 6141, no such luck this time, the 8200 showed up on my account immediately.

The reason for this post is Comcast's Data Meter, in one day it says we used 102gb, there is no way, no Netflix or Vudu, Vue was only on a few hours yesterday in one room since I was at work all day.

While we have unlimited data, what about those who do not, how much is Comcast getting from customers based on their incorrect meter.


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You got a password set on your wireless, set to WPA2_PSK and no neighbor is leaching off you for torrents or something else?
 
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190gb in 2 days according to the Data Meter, 64gb real use based on the logs that my son just looked at, again we have unlimited data but what about all those that do not have unlimited that have to pay extra based on their incorrect meter.


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