Netflix ranks ISPs based on video stream quality

By Matthew
Jan 27, 2011
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  1. Netflix has released a chart that ranks popular Internet service providers based on how well they deliver videos to users. "We find ourselves in the unique position of having insight into the performance of hundreds of millions of long duration, high-definition video streams delivered over the Internet," said Ken Florance, Netflix's director of content delivery.

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  2. BlindObject

    BlindObject Newcomer, in training Posts: 446

    I have Comcast "Xfinity" and so far I have no problems, it streams hi-def videos with no hitch. Even though I barely stream, I usually just torrent a ton of stuff.
  3. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 843   +11

    Really doesn't surprise me that CenturyTel/CenturyLink scored so low. They never reach the speeds they promise, and we have always had troubles with them.
    The odd thing is there is a local ISP that runs out on CenturyCraps copper, but has better service.
  4. Mizzou

    Mizzou TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 930

    A little surprised to see Charter at the top of the chart, they have service in this area ... may have to consider switching providers.
  5. I have Charter and I couldn't be happier. I have the Plus Package which I believe is 8mbps downstream and I've never had any issues streaming anything HD or otherwise. I can have HD streaming on the tv, while gaming online, and downloading mp3's or updates on my phone with no slowdowns or anything.
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    This "ranking" is kind of meaningless because it basically ranks ISPs according to:

    1.) Who offers the highest bandwidth plans
    2.) The number of subscribers to those high bandwidth plans

    It doesn't really achieve anything more than that and certainly doesn't determine ISP "quality".
  7. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TechSpot Member Posts: 42

    I have Virgin Broadband, And for streaming its beyond useless, Its supposed to be 10meg but im lucky if I get 1.... Youtube vids have to be paused untill they have about 20% buffered to play through, BBC iPlayer also struggles but at least there is a download option.


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