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Netflix Starts Ranking ISP Streaming Performance Regionally
by Karl Bode 04:10PM Tuesday Sep 03 2013
RCN customers see the best Netflix streaming performance in the Boston area, according to a new regional ranking of ISPs provided by Netflix. In a blog post, Netflix says they plan to release these regional snapshots as a way to highlight regional ISPs that don't appear on the company's nationwide monthly ISP streaming quality rankings.

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This is also of course a way to advertise Netflix's new content delivery network.

The rankings are being used as a way to name and shame ISPs that don't sign up for Netflix's new Open Connect CDN. ISPs that sign up for the CDN install free hardware on network, and are then allowed to provide Super HD and 3D streams to users.

Larger ISPs like Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have balked at the opportunity since they see Netflix as not only a competitor, but an enemy in the fight over network neutrality.

In this latest regional snapshot RCN beats out Verizon Comcast, FiOS and Time Warner Cable, delivering average Netflix streams of 2.42 Mbps.

"When it comes to getting a great Internet connection in your home, our first Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot clearly shows that a bigger ISP isn’t always a better ISP," said Greg Peters, chief streaming and partnerships officer at Netflix. "RCN delivers a very impressive connection, offering equal or better quality than what fiber to the home delivers."


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Re: How much is Netflix throttling your ISPs connection graph

I'm not suggesting they do it to sell more accounts... That wouldn't even make sense.

Netflix is marketing a bandwidth chart that has no publicly known baseline or target. What is good? What is the highest an ISP can get? What is really behind the numbers? The number certainly don't reach the speed of the tiers the ISPs are selling or what customers are report they are able to at a range of other sites.
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Re: "How much is Netflix throttling your ISPs connection gr

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It's the peering arrangements that cause this, which are mostly the responsibility of the ISP.

So you're saying none of the peering arrangements for ANY of the ISPs can support more than 4 mbps per customer from Netflix?

Did Google do such bad planning so soon for it's vaunted 1 Gbps connections? Does Google have so many poor performing user connections it dragged down their numbers below 5% of their most advertised tier? If so Google should REALLY fix that, but I don't think they can because the problem isn't them.

So how do all the other speed tests and sites commonly support more than a 4 mbps per customer average going through those peering points? Are my SamKnows tests done every few hours showing I get 30 mbps downloads wrong? Netflix puts my ISP at a little over 2 mpbs...
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How much is Netflix throttling your ISPs connection graph

Isn't this really the "How much is Netflix throttling your ISPs connection graph"? Since all the ISPs in the graphs commonly provide more bandwidth then the Netflix stats show, the slow speeds would seem to be caused by Netflix. Do I really believe there isn't an ISP that can provide over a 4 mbps average? no. So the limitation in speed would seem to be Netflix.

Take Google fiber for example... their tiers range from 5 mbps to 1 Gbps, yet Netflix can only provide an average of around 3.6 mbps? FIOS averages less than 2.2 mpbs?

Netflix stop throttling your customers' connections! If Netflix lifted it's own limits, the graph lines would all probably shoot up several mpbs and bring Netflix to it's knees since they're not buying enough bandwidth to support it.
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