Netflix Had to Pay Comcast to Avoid ThrottlingAdded: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
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Another clear sign that the United States no longer has net neutrality is that the telecommunication company Comcast managed to force Netflix to pay up, threatening it with throttling. Despite the fact that both sides in the case keep spinning what has happened, it is known that Netflix has actually written a check to get a service for its subscribers that they had already paid for. This can only mean a 2 tiered internet over the pond.
Netflix insists that it was paying to ensure that its films and TV shows stream smoothly to Comcast subscribers. In other words, the telcos have a precedent for dealing with other high-bandwidth services. However, Comcast didn’t get everything its own way – according to the terms and conditions of the deal, Netflix will get direct access to ISP’s broadband network – apparently, to make sure that the latter doesn’t throttle its traffic with any means.
The industry observers admit that what might have forced the streaming service to the table was the news that Comcast was going to acquire Time Warner Cable. This deal could make Comcast the dominant provider of broadband in the United States and put it into a much stronger position to tell the streaming service what to do.
In the meantime, Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, said he just didn’t want streaming speeds to deteriorate further and become a problem for Netflix users. The companies issued a statement confirming the broad outlines of the deal and pointed out that the agreement would provide “Comcast’s US broadband users with a high-quality Netflix video experience”.
In other words, Comcast has won its battle to get a 2 tiered internet where firms have to pay to get the service their users have already paid for. However, the companies claim that Netflix paid for the cost of upgrading the Internet's wires to carry the ever increasing volume of online video. While a number of the largest Internet companies in recent years have started paying US ISPs for direct connections to get faster and smoother access to their services, Netflix managed to hold out – but not for long. The expectations of the market are that Netflix will agree to pay off the other ISPs following the deal.
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
|posted by (2014-03-04 15:14:36)|
|Pay for internet.|
Then pay to use it.
That's the american way.
|isnt that similar to paying for your isp then paying again for vip priveliges on some site's so you can get a faster download speed|
|guess this means that Netflix will be upping its price again.|
|posted by (2014-03-04 20:59:14)|
|I knew this was coming. That's why I disagree with the merger of Comcast with Time Warner Cable. They wanna control the internet and do away with net neutrality. Comcast is a bully!|
|posted by (2014-03-04 21:39:55)|
|It's simple extortion anyway you twist it. The issue is regardless of a "clients" streaming; they follow their ISP account parameters; then netflix hasn't anything to do with it.|
I left TW and Combyeteme years ago and never went back. There are far better ISP options now than a few years ago. I am on FIOS and that has nothing to do with these evil people. They over sell the infrastructure; blame it on the clients and bandwidth hogs is BS..
The thing is why hasn't streaming services like Netflix and other just not use TW and Comcast subscribers in the first place? Given the very limited and low data caps they get.
I also have unlimited 4g LTE on my phone and at friends house hook it up to a USB charger and hook it to the TV and watch netflix movies; no problem..
|posted by (2014-03-04 23:17:35)|
|@ majordik I guess you haven't seen the BS Verizon is trying. The CEO want us to pay more now if your a heavy internet user.. from FIOS Verizon..|
look it up. ...@
|posted by (2014-03-04 23:39:27)|
|I come for the real news mostly now, i get the truth about WTF cable company's and others are really doing, I know were to look for on the WEB but this site cuts thy all the BS, reading the P2P new it so awesome ..|
|posted by (2014-03-05 05:56:43)|
|I can't help but wonder what's next: Comcast buys TWC or some hostile takeover like that. (smh)|
|I hope a deal with Verizon isn’t far behind because my Netflix over FiOS has been near unwatchable recently — blocky, blurry and constantly rebuffering.|
As a consumer want to be able to watch the Netflix content , paid for on the (easily fast enough) high-speed Internet service paid for. Complaining to both parties has gotten me nowhere.
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