Netflix deal with Comcast improves performance dramatically

Netflix viewers using Comcast’s network have seen a significant bump in performance.

This increase is shown in a report called the Netflix ISP Speed Index released for March on Monday.

The index shows which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best Netflix streaming experience during primetime.

Netflix says the average speed on Comcast for Netflix streams jumped 65 percent from 1.51Mbps in January to 2.5Mbps in March.

The increase is a direct result of a deal in February where Netflix is paying Comcast to use their content-delivery network (CDN) rather than using third parties and Open Connect, Netflix’s CDN initiative.

Netflix has been openly critical of paying ISPs for better delivery. This is highlighted in a blog post by Netflix’s CEO, Reed Hasting (‘Internet tolls and the case for strong net neutrality‘)

ISPs have fired back saying that companies like Netflix that are high traffic users should be paying them to handle their data streams. Jim Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs responded on the AT&T Public Policy blog to Hasting’s post (‘Who should pay for Netflix?‘)

Comcast is currently closing a deal to purchase Time-Warner Cable for $45-billion.

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