I think you may have mis-read. The $50 for 20GB/month is only for a year. Then it goes up to $70 ( for me) They offered it to you for $60?
I agree completely. When we switched to Hughesnet, we couldn't figure out where our data was going. Finally, I started watching the network for EVERYTHING and the main user was Chromecast. We just unplugged it and our data usage dropped immediately. We rarely use it at all, anymore. There was a way to stop it from displaying the screensavers, but no way to stop it from downloading them (and whatever else it was d/l'ing). At the rates I saw, it was downloading over 10 GB per month.
I know the Chromecast along with Roku devices use a lot of data. As well as any other streaming devices (AppleTV, Smart TVs ect). I am glad my router firmware has a usage quota feature. I have my Chromecast and Roku device Quota limits set to 10 MB per month they use that up in seconds before being cut off completely from internet usage.
What router are you using? We have the HT2000W modem/router. But, I'm thinking about switching to something like DD-WRT or similar, so I can have a lot more control. I like the idea of limiting the usage of Chromecast to 10mb/month. Does it still function properly?
The router that I use is a WD router which I installed Gargoyle Router firmware it works great to monitor all devices on my network. I tried DD-WRT but It either didn’t work on my router or they don’t have a Quota limit feature - I forget which.
The Chromecast I don’t really use anymore. I mostly used it to play Movies which I had saved on my computer hard drive. The Chromecast still required an active internet connection to be used to play the Movies from my hard drive. There might be other programs that can stream them without an internet connection but the main program I found that worked best needed it. I have since bought a Roku Stick which does not need internet to play the Movies from hard drive. I have a mini DLNA set up which can be accessed with the Roku.