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While it's not clear how much Netflix is paying Comcast, the new deal will span several years

Comcast recently cemented its dominance as the top broadband provider in the U.S. after its planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC). And with a customer base that large, Netflix doesn't want to miss out.
 
According to Comcast, Netflix has agreed to pay the big cable provider to ensure that its movies and TV shows stream easily without traffic jams on Comcast's broadband network. 
 
While it's not clear how much Netflix is paying Comcast, the new deal will span several years and Comcast said it would connect to Netflix's servers at data centers operated by other companies. 
 
This means a less-congested streaming experience for Netflix customers using Comcast cable connections, and Comcast gets to collect fees for providing the service.
 
Before this agreement, Netflix wanted to connect its own specialized servers to the networks of big cable providers in order to improve streaming. But Netflix didn't want to pay for such connections, and big cable like Comcast wanted fees because they'd be carrying Netflix's heavy traffic.  

So Netflix traditionally used middle companies for connections, but it had to pay these middlemen to do so anyway. There were also traffic congestion problems with this route, which slowed connections for customers. Netflix likely thought it made more sense to just give in and pay the big cable company (Comcast) for direct connections to its broadband network, and to ensure that Netflix content is delivered smoothly. 
 
This is a big step between big cable and internet streaming companies, as it means Netflix is more likely to offer similar deals with other major cable companies. 
 
Comcast, which acquired TWC earlier this month for $45.2 billion, serves 32 million households in the U.S. With the company having such a dominant position in the U.S. cable market, it could be a good idea for Netflix to jump onboard and please both current and potential customers with better service. 
 
Netflix has over 30 million subscribers in the U.S. 

Source: Comcast





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RE: I swear
By Cypherdude1 on 2/25/2014 12:32:22 AM , Rating: -1
This is really all just a moot point. The fact is, Netflix just does not have enough quality streaming content. Most of the stuff Netflix streams is either lower quality American content or older British shows. Both get old after awhile.

Most of the higher quality movies are still only available on DVD /Blu-Ray's. I started Netflix streaming about 70 days ago. The only high quality content I saw was the final season of Dexter. Even then, the video quality during prime time was very poor. The picture was very pixelated and I was only viewing it on a 24" screen! At the time, I had a 10 Mbit/s cable modem connection so speed was not the problem. I don't think Netflix has the server capacity to deliver to all their customers during prime time, especially Friday and Saturday nights.

To be truthful with you, I can see better content on YouTube for free. I don't have time for lower quality Netflix content anyway. I plan to see about 11 very good documentaries again. I'll write reviews on them, then I'm quitting Netflix streaming:
1. We're Not Broke.....<==== I especially recommend this one!
2. Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream
3. The One Percent
4. End of the Road
5. The Flaw
6. The Billionaires' Tea Party
7. The Revisionaries
8. Patriocracy
9. The Cartel
10. Split Estate
11. Gasland


RE: I swear
By jjlj on 2/25/2014 11:08:16 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Even then, the video quality during prime time was very poor. The picture was very pixelated and I was only viewing it on a 24" screen!


Were you using a browser to view it? If so the video and sound quality is limited. I recently installed windows 8 and downloaded the netflix app. I can tell you that you will be impressed with the picture and sound quality, on content that can stream at HD or better when using the netflix app. Even at prime time I was streaming at 5mbps which is good enough for their super hd.


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