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Yes ... Unlimited has nothing to do with your Picture Quality ... I understand what your saying ...
However, before I was able to get Fiber now (same company, only internet available here) my overages started at 250, I CAN hit that quite often if I am into any series that I am binge watching ...
What is your limit with your current connection ?
 
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Unlimited now, when I went to Fiber ... so I have no issues with going over now.
So you’ve already got it and are paying for it without streaming.


You could easily explore streaming options and save some money.
 
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However, how many already have UNLIMITED Internet ?
Thats where you have to add cost for internet .... for me, it's an addl $30 right off the top thats added so I can stream ...

If I am going to watch the TV I want the best picture available, so yes, unlimited is required.
I'll post this anecdote for anyone who might find it useful. A few months ago, my elderly parents switched from Dish for TV and Comcast for broadband over to YouTube TV and AT&T Fiber. Now, with fiber they get unlimited data, so it doesn't matter how much data they use with streaming. But I was curious what their data consumption would look like now that all the TV they watch is streaming. They're not the types to leave the TV running in the background all day, it's only playing when they're sitting down watching. Between their two TVs, they probably stream an average of 3 to 4 hrs of TV per day. And then there's the other stuff they do: web surfing, home phone (VOIP), streaming music on smart speakers, email.

They tend to use around 400 GB of data per month. Some months it's less, some a little more. But in their first 6 months or so on AT&T Fiber, I've never seen the total that AT&T tracks hit 500 GB once.

Obviously, depending on how much TV would be streamed in your home, switching from traditional cable/satellite to all-streaming TV might mean that you need unlimited data. But that's certainly not true for everyone. In places where Comcast has a data cap (like here), it's 1.2 TB (i.e. 1,200 GB) per month. My parents aren't ever coming close to half that amount, even after switching to YouTube TV. So if for some reason they switched back to Comcast for broadband, the data cap wouldn't even be a concern for them.
 
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I'll post this anecdote for anyone who might find it useful. A few months ago, my elderly parents switched from Dish for TV and Comcast for broadband over to YouTube TV and AT&T Fiber. Now, with fiber they get unlimited data, so it doesn't matter how much data they use with streaming. But I was curious what their data consumption would look like now that all the TV they watch is streaming. They're not the types to leave the TV running in the background all day, it's only playing when they're sitting down watching. Between their two TVs, they probably stream an average of 3 to 4 hrs of TV per day. And then there's the other stuff they do: web surfing, home phone (VOIP), streaming music on smart speakers, email.

They tend to use around 400 GB of data per month. Some months it's less, some a little more. But in their first 6 months or so on AT&T Fiber, I've never seen the total that AT&T tracks hit 500 GB once.

Obviously, depending on how much TV would be streamed in your home, switching from traditional cable/satellite to all-streaming TV might mean that you need unlimited data. But that's certainly not true for everyone. In places where Comcast has a data cap (like here), it's 1.2 TB (i.e. 1,200 GB) per month. My parents aren't ever coming close to half that amount, even after switching to YouTube TV. So if for some reason they switched back to Comcast for broadband, the data cap wouldn't even be a concern for them.
Like I said before, Here, its 250GB before your charged extra.
 
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Like I said before, Here, its 250GB before your charged extra.
Yeah, that stinks. You'd almost certainly need to pay more to buy extra/unlimited data. Unfortunately, that's the kind of thing a cableco can get away with when they have no competition for broadband service. Hopefully that changes where you live as fiber and fixed 5G continue to expand.
 
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There is no need to rent a modem for Comcast. You can buy a compatible modem from Netgear and save the rental cost. And there is no limit on data.
 
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There is no need to rent a modem for Comcast. You can buy a compatible modem from Netgear and save the rental cost. And there is no limit on data.
NetGear LMAO...

I'd go with a Motorola.

 
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There is no need to rent a modem for Comcast. You can buy a compatible modem from Netgear and save the rental cost. And there is no limit on data.
You have to rent the modem from Comcast to get the unlimited data, called xFi, costs, I believe, is $14 a month which includes the modem.

Otherwise, they charge $30 a month for unlimited data.

Unless they change things up in the year since I had them or their webpage lies-

From the link
Add an xFi Gateway at checkout
Enjoy a powerful, secure connection.
+$14/mo

 
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dlma1

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You have to rent the modem from Comcast to get the unlimited data, called xFi, costs, I believe, is $14 a month which includes the modem.

Otherwise, they charge $30 a month for unlimited data.

Unless they change things up in the year since I had them or their webpage lies-

From the link
Add an xFi Gateway at checkout
Enjoy a powerful, secure connection.
+$14/mo

 
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dlma1

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Well, in 2019 I bought a Netgear CM1150V modem, which supports Comcast double and triple play for about $250, and I have a gigabit service in the triple play. I never paid any additional charges for data usage (probably rolled into gigabit service). I guess my main point is that you can buy a compatible modem to avoid rental fees. And Comcast lets you use unlimited number of Roku devices to watch TV in multiple rooms so there is no need to rent a separate cable box for those rooms (you still need to rent a main X1 DVR box though). I dropped DTV a long time ago, but I still "lurk" on this website to see what is happening (and my sister next door still insists DTV is better, so I check here when she has problems).
 
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Well, in 2019 I bought a Netgear CM1150V modem, which supports Comcast double and triple play for about $250, and I have a gigabit service in the triple play. I never paid any additional charges for data usage (probably rolled into gigabit service). I guess my main point is that you can buy a compatible modem to avoid rental fees.

True, but unlimited data is extra no matter what, either with their modem at $14 or the extra $30, my guess is you never went over their data cap.
And Comcast lets you use unlimited number of Roku devices to watch TV in multiple rooms so there is no need to rent a separate cable box for those rooms (you still need to rent a main X1 DVR box though).

My step father still has Comcast back in Michigan ( I did also for Broadband when I lived there, now have Charter for Broadband in Florida), he only uses the Rokus for his xfinity TV service, no X1 and no box fees, at all.
I dropped DTV a long time ago, but I still "lurk" on this website to see what is happening (and my sister next door still insists DTV is better, so I check here when she has problems).
And I dropped Comcast years ago for TV, could not take their Broadcast TV fee and the RSN fee for a channel I never watched, I heard it is over $20 a month for both, plus Federal Universal Service Fund, Franchise Fee, Regulatory Cost Recovery, State Universal Service Fund and the fee for having the privilege of being a customer of Comcast.

That is why I have YTTV, a straight $65 a month, no hidden charges.
 
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True, but unlimited data is extra no matter what, either with their modem at $14 or the extra $30, my guess is you never went over their data cap.


My step father still has Comcast back in Michigan ( I did also for Broadband when I lived there, now have Charter for Broadband in Florida), he only uses the Rokus for his xfinity TV service, no X1 and no box fees, at all.

And I dropped Comcast years ago for TV, could not take their Broadcast TV fee and the RSN fee for a channel I never watched, I heard it is over $20 a month for both, plus Federal Universal Service Fund, Franchise Fee, Regulatory Cost Recovery, State Universal Service Fund and the fee for having the privilege of being a customer of Comcast.

That is why I have YTTV, a straight $65 a month, no hidden charges.
 
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I see some think there are no data caps, they may not be called caps but some do throttle you, Verizon for one
 

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