Xbox Xfinity streaming won't count towards Comcast data cap

Xbox owners who choose to stream Comcast Xfinity On Demand to their consoles once the service launches won't have to worry about the data adding up towards their 250-gigabyte bandwidth caps, according to a Comcast FAQ. The reasoning is that "since the content is being delivered over our private IP network and not the public Internet, it does not count against a customer's bandwidth cap," reads the FAQ.

Users will thus be able to stream all the on-demand national broadcasts, premium channel programming and free videos they please once the Xfinity service makes its way to Microsoft's console. They will not, however, gain the ability to watch live TV on their 360s. Furthermore, Comcast currently has no plans "at this time" to offer live TV streaming at any future date. What Xbox 360 owners will be able to do is take advantage of Kinect and the dashboard's search function when they're looking to enjoy a little HBO Go or other compatible programming.

Gamers will recall that Microsoft and Comcast were unable to deliver the Xfinity On Demand feature when the new dashboard was rolled out last December. While the early 2012 estimate that was provided leading up to the dashboard update is the last official word in regards to timing, Engadget now believes Xfinity could be launching soon, as in possibly "the next week or so" soon. Whenever it arrives,

Sources: Comcast and and Engadget

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