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Netflix Says Comcast Streaming Speeds Up 65%

15 Apr, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

SVOD pioneer admits working together with the cabler for smoother access to its subscribers has been a plus

What a difference paying a fee to an ISP can do.

Netflix, in a , said streaming speeds for its Comcast subscribers increased 65% in March compared with January — before it agreed to pay the cabler for smoother direct streaming access.

Netflix said in the United States, the average speed on the Comcast network for its streams is up to 2.5Mbps from 1.51Mbps — an increase that saw Comcast rise to fifth among the streaming pioneer’s monthly ISP speed index.

Notably, ISP speeds for Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse declined as both high-speed providers have said they are in negotiations with Netflix.

“This month’s rankings are a great illustration of how performance can improve when ISPs work to connect directly to Netflix,” spokesperson Joris Evers wrote in the blog.

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on data from the more than 44 million Netflix members worldwide who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix each month.

The listed speeds reflect the average performance of all Netflix streams on each ISP's network and are an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network. A faster network generally means a better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions.

Indeed, Netflix saw its streaming speeds increase to 2.96Mbps from 2.15Mbps in Sweden, Norway and Denmark after Telenor-owned ISP agreed to directly connect its network to Netflix’s Open Connect CDN.

Meanwhile, Sweden’s Com Hem proved to be Netflix fastest ISP, edging out perennial leader Ownit 3.49Mbps to 3.48Mbps, respectively.

In the U.S., New York-based Cablevision’s broadband network, Optimum, topped out at 2.98Mbps — ahead of Cox (2.84Mbps), Suddenlink (2.67Mbps) and Charter (2.61Mbps).

Netflix’s slowest domestic ISP in the U.S. in March was Clearwire at 0.98Mbps.

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