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Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO
reply to Scatcatpdx

Re: Netflix Thug like Behavior.

Really? Do you have any clue what you are talking about?

The problem is... Netflix is popular and many people want it. They will get it and will put lots of traffic on the ISP's whether that ISP wants it or not.

Now Netflix is able to provide their content at higher resolutions. They could do this without the ISP's agreeing, but it would be more costly to them, it would be more costly to the ISP and it would further impact the ISP's network.

Netflix is doing the nice thing by offering, for even free, to put content delivery servers deeper into the ISP's network so that 1.) It cost Netflix less to send the data but more importanly 2.) It saves the ISP's money and 3.) It puts less strain on the ISP's network in general.

It is a win win situation for the ISP and Netflix with the ISP's getting the bigger win.


Crookshanks

join:2008-02-04
Binghamton, NY

said by Skippy25:

Netflix is doing the nice thing by offering, for even free, to put content delivery servers deeper into the ISP's network so that 1.) It cost Netflix less to send the data but more importanly 2.) It saves the ISP's money and 3.) It puts less strain on the ISP's network in general.

It's mainly item #1. With few exceptions, transit capacity is not the issue for a residential ISP. The last mile is where the true bottleneck exists, and short of deploying the caching server on your LAN, there's nothing Netflix can do that's going to change this.

Transit costs are nothing compared to the last mile. Transit connections provide economy of scale, are comparatively easy to upgrade as new technology becomes available, and with relatively balanced traffic ratios can be had for next to nothing.