Netflix Inks Deal With Verizon

Netflix has signed a deal with Verizon to increase its level of access to the ISP's network just like the deal it signed with Comcast earlier this year. The new deal with Verizon gives the streaming entertainment service more of a direct connection between its servers and Verizon's network for improved delivery of content.

Netflix said it agreed to the deal reluctantly but felt it was needed to keep subscribers satisfied. Nearly one-third of downstream traffic in North America comes from Netflix, according to tech company Sandvine.

"We have reached an interconnect arrangement with Verizon that we hope will improve performance for our joint customers over the coming months," said Netflix spokesman Joris Evers.

Expect Netflix to sign more of these deals in the future.

Interestingly enough, this graph from the Washington Post shows that Netflix's performance has increased significantly with Comcast since it inked a deal with the company in January. Prior to that, and after Verizon basically nullified the Open Internet Order in the D.C. Appeals court, Netflix's performance on several networks suddenly went into the toilet.

Were Comcast, Verizon Fios, Verizon DSL, AT&T U-Verse, AT&T DSL, and Comcast throttling Netflix traffic? It sure looks that way. The chart also shows 24 percent improvement in traffic after Netflix signed its deal.

This is why the company came out last week in favor of new net neutrality rules and why it opposed the Comcast-Time Warner cable merger…

Source: Motherboard

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    MechaTama31 says:

    If Comcast is going to use video streaming as one of the selling points for its service, but doesn't want to invest in the infrastructure to support it, you know what I call that?  Bullshit.

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    Sleaker says:

    For reference:

    The issue is not with netflix but with Cogent and Router upgrades in the middle as I've been stating all along. Comcast isn't going to pay to upgrade the equipment when the stuff was working fine before netflix started getting heavy use.  Also the graph link correlates with the comcast pipe installation directly to netflix. it's not a 'coincidence'  There was a network infrastructure upgrade that relieved the issues.  You're terming not upgrading old equipment as 'throttling' which imo is a mis-nomer.  Also, if you notice on the graph soon after that febuary date ALL data to ALL carriers (verizon/AT&T) got better. What happens if Comcast customers no longer have to route through Cogent? Oh yah.. there's more bandwidth through Cogent for everyone else. Google fiber is kind of the oddball and doesn't seem to meter with any of the others though.

    Obviously there are some network infastructure issues that are being fought over on who is going to pay for the equipment. If you want to term this as a 'fight over open internet' I guess you can, I just think it's a silly thing and it's being turned into something it's not (ie it's not about open internet)

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