Netflix Speeds Increase for Comcast Users Following Recent Agreement
April 14, 2014 8:02 PM
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It now has speeds of 2.5Mbps
Netflix isn't too keen on
paying internet tolls
to internet service providers (ISPs), but at least the agreement with Comcast made a clear difference for users.
, its streaming speeds on Comcast increased 65 percent after the deal between the two was made. In fact, Comcast made its way to fifth place in Netflix's ranking of ISP performance for the month of March 2014, which is five spots better than its previous ranking.
Comcast is now delivering Netflix content at an average streaming speed of 2.5Mbps, up from the 1.15Mbps average Comcast delivered in January.
agreed to pay Comcast
in February 2014 to ensure that its movies and TV shows stream easily without traffic jams on Comcast's broadband network. 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 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. But Netflix wanted this to be a one-time deal until it managed to push laws in place that eliminated these tolls.
Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) denied Netflix's call to expand net neutrality so that it covered companies and their methods of connecting to the internet. More specifically, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wanted the FCC to regulate the way companies like Netflix connect to the Internet so that they wouldn't have to pay tolls to other companies (like Comcast, for example) to make sure its video gets to customers quickly and without any issues.
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4/15/2014 8:55:07 AM
A cable company wanting more money otherwise they will bandwidth limit their competition? This seems like extortion to me.
Paying customers are the ones paying for higher speed internet. High speed internet is advertised as paying more will get you faster download speeds. Apparently that's false advertising if they are limiting competitors like Netflix on the other end.
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