Netflix has released the company's latest ISP streaming rankings
, which is based on 1 billion hours of TV viewing from 50 million Netflix members worldwide. Most of the list's leaders remain static, with Cablevision, Cox, Suddenlink, Charter and Comcast rounding out the top five. If you click on the expanded results list on the bottom
you'll include smaller ISPs, placing Google Fiber, San Juan Cable, Grande Communications, CDE Lightband and RCN in the top five spots.
While things are looking good for most cable operators in the study (again, your performance improves dramatically if you host free Netflix CDN servers), telcos continue to struggle in the rankings.
Despite the fact that Netflix signed a controversial interconnection deal with Verizon last April
, Verizon customer performance continues to flounder. Among larger ISPs Verizon FiOS remains static at twelfth place, and Verizon DSL continues to be among the worst performing service anywhere in last place.
AT&T struck a similar deal with Netflix last month
, though it's too early to see results. Meanwhile, AT&T U-Verse performance dropped a spot to fourteenth, the company's "next generation" broadband service being outperformed in the rankings by even heavily-throttled Clearwire wireless service, a traditional basement-dweller.
On a more global scale, Netflix notes that the United States continues to lag other countries in overall streaming speed.
"Of the 20 countries we assess, the U.S. ranked 13th with average speed of 2.23 Mbps," notes the company. "The Netherlands leads in performance, averaging 3.61 Mbps in July, with Norway, Denmark and Sweden all posting speeds better than 3 Mbps."