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Netflix says that its “transparency campaign” will end later this month

Well, that didn’t last long. Netflix recently began throwing up warning messages for its streaming customers to alert them when their ISP’s network was congested. The first targets of the warning messages were customers running on AT&T and Verizon networks, and this is what those customers saw during periods of heavy congestion:

Verizon throttling message
Interestingly, Verizon customers will still seeing slow network speeds on Netflix despite the fact that the latter is paying the former for a “paid peering” arrangement that is supposed to alleviate bandwidth chokeholds.
Following Netflix’s decision to display the warning messages, Verizon threatened legal action, stating in a letter, “In light of this, Verizon demands that Netflix immediately cease and desist from providing any such further 'notices' to users of the Verizon network.”
Netflix responded, stating:
This is about consumers not getting what they paid for from their broadband provider.  We are trying to provide more transparency, just like we do with ISP Speed Index, and Verizon is trying to shut down that discussion.
Netflix is now taking a more measured approach, stating that its “transparency campaign” to alert customers about reduced network speeds is “scheduled to end on June 16,” although it could "evaluate rolling it out more broadly" in the future. Whether the “scheduled” end was already predetermined by the company brass or a result of Verizon’s legal threats remains to be seen. However, Netflix isn’t about to let the matter rest completely, as the company goes on to state:
Some broadband providers argue that our actions, and not theirs, are causing a degraded Netflix experience. Netflix does not purposely select congested routes. We pay some of the world’s largest transit networks to deliver Netflix video right to the front door of an ISP. Where the problem occurs is at that door -- the interconnection point -- when the broadband provider hasn’t provided enough capacity to accommodate the traffic their customer requested.
Some large US ISPs are erecting toll booths, providing sufficient capacity for services requested by their subscribers to flow through only when those services pay the toll. In this way, ISPs are double-dipping by getting both their subscribers and Internet content providers to pay for access to each other.
It remains to see how this war or words will play out in the end, but Netflix’s own internal data shows that both AT&T and Verizon are nowhere near the top when it comes to average data speeds for U.S.-based Netflix streaming customers. In fact, Verizon DSL is dead last and even Verizon’s high-speed FiOS service could must no more than 10th place out of a total 16 ISP services that were measured for the month of May:

Source: Netflix

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RE: Netflix is fail
By Spuke on 6/9/2014 4:02:50 PM , Rating: 4
See, people blaming Netflix instead of their ISPs. This is a PRIME example right here.

RE: Netflix is fail
By amanojaku on 6/9/2014 7:53:50 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like Shadowmaster is just trolling. He/she/it/they posted this dreck in another article, and anyone with half a brain could spot the errors it it.
The problem with netflix is that the buffering just downright sucks balls.
BS. I tried Netflix on a Wii, which has at most 88MB of RAM, and it never had a buffering problem. As long as the connection is fine, it plays at 480p. Obviously, a PC has much more RAM to spare for a larger buffer. Oh, and the Wii works over Wi-Fi, on a second floor, 60' away from the router. The connection is flaky as all hell, and I get 480p.
It can and will simply stop once it runs out of buffer. It may or may not even bother to pick back up where it left off. Yes, it can and will just sit there stuck at a certain % until you refresh the page. It's always been like this, and that's always been a very bad thing.
More BS. The player will attempt to connect to the servers for several minutes before giving up. If your connection is out for that long and fails many times you can't watch a video, anyway.
Their horrible coding has been covered up by many people's multi-dozen gigabit connections.
Really? I mean, REALLY? I'm sure he/she/it/they was being facetious, but the average Netflix customer has less than 20Mbits/sec of bandwidth. And Netflix points out that the average stream is 2.5Mbit, with the max at 5-6Mbit.
But you should not need a 20 mbps pipe to watch a 480p video. Which gets me to the other serious flaw of netfux: its horrible compression. I have 700MB movies that look just as good if not outright better than netflix's piggish 2+ GB files.
Sigh.... this idiot... I don't have 20Mbit available to me, and I've seen movies in 720p when they're available.

Not that I'd need it. Long before Netflix streaming offered more than 480p I watched several movies on it and was blown away by the quality. One film in particular, "Water" from the Elements Trilogy, stands out as a reference for 480p video quality. It put some of my DVDs to shame.

I also saw "Thor", which I believed streamed at 720p, and it was nearly identical to what I saw in the theater. I'm not saying this is full HD quality (it's 720p), but I know for a fact it's better than Shadowmaster's 700MB movies. Unless those "movies" are 10 minutes.

I want to believe Shadowmaster is not that stupid, and is just a troll.

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