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Comments on news posted 2014-03-24 07:54:42: • A report card on the nation’s 4-year-old broadband plan — from the man who wrote it [washingtonpost.com] • Are Netflix users ripping off the rest of us? [cnn.com] • Apple eyes partnerships in bid to reinvent TV [cnn. ..


Are Netflix users ripping off the rest of us?

I guess that can be interpreted:

Are _____ users ripping off the rest of us?
Xbox/one, PS3/4, Roku, Amazon, Hulu+, Voip, VPN, Torrent, sports app watchers, spammers...


Victoria, BC

Are people who use the internet ripping us off?

What a bad article.

Before netflix and a legal way to access video content, the same segment of the internet was pirating their video (and some of them still are). They used the same excuses. Only 1% (or sometimes 10%) uses most of the bandwidth. Yet to even out the stat they never take out the other 1% on the other end that doesn't know how to do anything but surf the web and check their email.

The networks handled the era of pirated video just fine and they are handling today's loads just fine. They make large profits which means they charge the end consumer enough to do any upgrades that are needed.

It's a cash grab, pure and simple.


Milford, CT

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Are Netflix users ripping off the rest of us?

No, the ones ripping us off are the ISPs who hype their top-tier service as being ideal for streaming video, happily take customers' money for that service and then act outraged when they actually use it.

To put this in perspective, it's like a restaurant advertising that they can handle up to 200 people at a time, but basing that estimate on each person only having one small plate of food. When people start ordering seconds, the owner freaks out and starts accusing them of abusing the system. Then he says that because the food is so popular, his food suppliers should have to pay him to help cover his increased expenses.


Limestone, ME

What if Netflix switched to P2P for video streaming?

All the content providers would pull everything.

P2P means that some of the file would be saved on a PC/Device.
That's just not going to fly with the MPAA.


They wouldn't. Vudu used to use P2P, but it wasn't worth the effort.

Spotify uses it heavily but even they are going away from it. It is simply too much of a headache for them and it doesn't save them much. If Netflix used it, it would pose a number of problems due to people's limited upload speeds.