Following Comcast and Verizon deals, Netflix signs streaming-traffic agreement with AT&T

By Shawn Knight
Jul 30, 2014
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  1. In the wake of similar deals with rivals Comcast and Verizon, Netflix has reached an agreement with AT&T for direct access to their networks. It's a move that'll allow Netflix to sidestep congested Internet pipelines largely responsible for poor performance when...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    Well thats one way to get rid of netflix.. make them bankrupt with all these scammy streaming traffic agreements... which is also illegal is it not? pretty sure I heard it was...
  3. MikeAcker

    MikeAcker TS Enthusiast Posts: 30

    The streaming protocol should be sold as a separate, metered channel on broadband. We have TV, phone, an Internet, we should have TV, phone, internet, and stream. no reason us ordinary users should pay for Netfix' largesse
  4. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    So I guess ATT wrote this for you Shawn? Come on. You're supposed to know better. This article is absent any nuance, save the middle paragraph. Internet traffic and structure are much more complex than this, and Netflix (which has a net revenue that's laughable compared to ATT) is getting screwed while the FCC sits on its *** and cowtows. I don't expect you guys to be Ars or anything, but this is about the tenth half-assed article I've seen this month from this place. Techspot=removed from daily reading. Maybe I'll be back in a couple months.
  5. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 134   +66

    How are "you ordinary users" paying for Netflix "largesse?" Netflix is the one paying ATT, not the other way around. ATT is not going to raise prices on customers due to increased Netflix streaming. Netflix will be the one raising prices for streaming due to having to pay the broadband providers, so if you are just a "ordinary" broadband user and not a Netflix subscriber, you should see no increase in price.
  6. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Booster Posts: 88   +30

    Your bill did increase, it was just hidden as some other fee. ATT, Comcast, and Verizon are getting away with a triple dip at the money trough and we customers are allowing it to happen.
  7. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,292   +55

    And after all that, wouldn't it have been better to just let them download the movies, even steal them? America just has these vigilante groups that punish people for violating their self created rules and they happen to be absolutely wrong, the mpaa. Comcast in our building still has only 2 meg download speed at night due to netflix/xfinity. Rent a blu ray dvd. Some can be rented from your library for free.

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