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Comcast Sees Huge Gains in Netflix Streaming Rankings
by Karl Bode 12:29PM Monday Apr 14 2014
Netflix has released their monthly ranking of ISP streaming video performance, and not too surprisingly Comcast has seen huge gains in the rankings after signing a new interconnection deal with Netflix back in February. Comcast jumped a whopping six spots in the rankings to number five among major ISPs, and to number 28 if you view the extended list, which includes smaller ISPs. Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, CenturyLink and Bright House Communications all fell one spot in the rankings.

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According to Netflix, the ISP Speed Index culls data from 44 million Netflix members worldwide who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix each month.

"This month’s rankings are a great illustration of how performance can improve when ISPs work to connect directly to Netflix," stated the company. "In the US, the average speed on the Comcast network for Netflix streams is up 65 percent from 1.15Mbps in January to 2.5Mbps in March."

Granted, Netflix also just got done stating how being forced by major ISPs to strike direct interconnection deals is a potential threat to the health and well being of the very Internet, so make of that what you will.


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Skippy25

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reply to norm

Re: Amazing!!

Netflix is certainly 100% innocent.

They are only trying to deliver the bits that the ISP consumers are requesting. They pay for their bandwidth and have to pay for everyone of those bits to put them on the network.

It is the ISP's that are responsible for getting those bits from Netflix to the ISP's consumers once Netflix has put them on the internet per user request.

Netflix has been trying to help ISP's by offering methods to help alleviate the 3rd party transit problem. Many have taken them up on this. However, the big boys who want someone else to pay for their pipes are the ones holding Netflix consumers hostage. It is 95% the reason I just had Charter installed and my BluRay players use that connection and I no longer have the buffering issue I had with AT&T.



Jumithy

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Nn

Got to love all the net neutrality idiots who are too stupid to realize netflix is paying comcast less than they paid cogent



Good

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reply to wkm001

Re: Amazing!!

said by wkm001:

Comcast is cutting out the middle man. Cutting out the middle man does one of two things. Makes the company more money or saves the customer money. In this case I'm sure Comcast is making more money.

Comcast has some pretty smart folks over there. Constantly pushing the limits of what is acceptable. I fear the day when everyone in the US has to pay Comcast in some shape or form to connect to the internet.

At least Comcast is making a commitment to deliver high speed wired internet to the home; unlike Verizon and AT&T.

wkm001

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reply to norm

Comcast is cutting out the middle man. Cutting out the middle man does one of two things. Makes the company more money or saves the customer money. In this case I'm sure Comcast is making more money.

Comcast has some pretty smart folks over there. Constantly pushing the limits of what is acceptable. I fear the day when everyone in the US has to pay Comcast in some shape or form to connect to the internet.



David
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I am just shocked what happens when you *cough* pay for peering!

The shock... the horror... oh noes!!