dslreports logo

story category
Netflix Now Paying Time Warner Cable For Direct Interconnection
by Karl Bode 08:18AM Wednesday Aug 20 2014
Add Time Warner Cable to the list of companies that are now getting paid by Netflix for direct interconnection. Time Warner Cable confirms to Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOM that the deal was completed back in June, on the heels of previous deals with AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. Only Comcast customers have seen meaningful streaming improvements from the deal with Netflix so far.

The deal should improve Netflix streaming for Time Warner Cable customers; Time Warner Cable streaming performance hasn't been as awful as other carriers, the ISP ranked sixth on Netflix's recent ISP streaming rankings.

Both Netflix and Level3 have accused AT&T, Verizon and Comcast of intentionally leaving peering points un-upgraded to force content companies like Netflix to pay them for direct interconnection to bypass these intentionally congested links. AT&T, Verizon and Comcast have insisted that these are just run of the mill peering disputes.

55 comments .. click to read

Recommended comments


Dublin, OH

6 recommendations

reply to PlusOne

Re: Please stop feeding these trolls netflix!

The peering was never balanced. Consumer ISP services are not sold that way and vastly download more than they upload. Your argument is bullshit.


Hazelwood, MO

4 recommendations

reply to ITGeeks
Netflix isnt using a single resource of the internet on their own. It is 100% of the ISP consumers that cause 100% of all traffic from Netflix.


Hazelwood, MO

4 recommendations

reply to battleop
No, it is not the way it has worked for a ISPs consumer traffic. EVER

This is not a peering/transit dispute that involves these ISPs taking on traffic to traverse the internet and go to some other part of the internet for some other ISP's consumers. It is about the ISPs own consumers consuming bandwidth in which the ISP is 100% responsible for delivering. If they can't do it with their current network, then they either invest in it or leave it how it is and let it suffer.

Your continued BS line of this has been proven wrong over and over and over. It has never been true and never will be true for an ISP to get anywhere near a 1:1 ratio. Especially when they sell their connections with a 30:1 or 5:1 ratio to begin with.

You and your little trollians that continue on with this BS (PlusOne and ITGeeks) know full well that is 100% accurate and truth yet you continue to say otherwise in an attempt to muddy the waters for the industry you all claim to have no relation with and yet want to protect their every anti-consumer anti-good for internet move. Do you think we are all really that blind and stupid?

MNSi Internet

Windsor, ON

3 recommendations

reply to battleop
said by battleop:

That's how it has always worked. If you send me a 100:1 then you pay me, if I send you 100:1 then I pay you. It's only settlement free if it's close to a 1:1.

No eyeball network is ever going to have a 1:1 ratio with a content provider. Maybe the old peering assumptions need to be revisited.

My subscribers are requesting the Netflix traffic. I just need to find a way to deliver it to them as cost effectively as possible.

Without content of whatever variety, the Internet is no where near as useful as it is now.
MNSi Internet - »www.mnsi.net



2 recommendations

reply to pumpkinhead7
That's how it has always worked. If you send me a 100:1 then you pay me, if I send you 100:1 then I pay you. It's only settlement free if it's close to a 1:1.

I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.


Clarksburg, WV
·Time Warner Cable

7 recommendations

As both a time warner and netflix customer I am 100% against this. First of all, I never have any issues getting anything less than the super HD streams, but more importantly I do NOT agree with this extortion by the ISPs. The traffic should not need extra payment just to get there at a reasonable speed. I pay Time Warner to give me internet access at a certain performance level and I expect it without endpoints having to pay a toll to actually receive it.