Originally Posted by lucid
On the new page it says the following: for example on XL30 (not upgraded yet):
for DL only (not p2p) it seems the traffic management is from 10am - 3pm
then 4pm - 9pm
So does that mean there is no limit counted between 3pm and 4pm because one could easily on a 30meg connection DL 9GB.
And is there no management after 9pm?
Correct, you can have as many gigs incoming between 3pm and 4pm as you like (* but see the end for a rider to that comment). And there is no management after 9pm. Note that it's total traffic that counts towards the limit between 10am-3pm and 4pm-9pm, the source is irrelevent. So if you are streaming HD video from a sports service (e.g. baseball premium service) you WILL be STMd after less than three hours viewing on the XL30 service as your data will go over 3.5Gigs. So you are punished exactly the same as any torrent users who go over 3.5Gigs in the same period.
What there still is after 9pm is traffic shaping - all traffic incoming to the Virgin network is analysed to see whether it comes from "acceptable" sources like general web browsing, mail, streaming from iPlayer and other media sources etc. or whether it comes from "less acceptable" sources such as torrents, newsgroups and presumably whatever file download sites are the flavour of the month after the last lot were closed down. (Obviously quotes as it's my quick and dirty definition)
And traffic from the latter is still shaped up til midnight I believe from a posting Ben made a while ago. Which means they constrain how much of that traffic is allowed and share it around (as I understand it). And have apparently been doing so more aggressively since the new traffic policy came in on 2nd April. They don't constrain web browsing, iPlayer and the like under that traffic shsaping (but as above, it will count towards your data use in peak periods).
* But note that some people have indicated they have been TM'd for data downloaded between 3pm and 4pm, so it's not entirely clear whether the practice matches what they've published.