Netflix Performance on Verizon Continues to Decline in June

One would expect that – after signing a deal to get direct access to its customers – Netflix performance on various Verizon broadband Internet offerings would improve dramatically. That is not the case. According to Netflix's ISP speed rankings for the month of June, performance of its video streaming service on Verizon has seen a 17 percent decline in quality.

Verizon's FiOS broadband internet service saw a performance drop from 1.9Mbps in May to 1.58Mbps in June, a decline of around 17 percent. Verizon's DSL dropped from 1.05Mbps to 0.91Mbps, a decrease of 13 percent. Verizon FiOS previously dropped from 1.99Mbps in April to 1.9Mbps in May, while Verizon DSL had dropped from 1.08Mbps in April to 1.05Mbps in May.

Last week Verizon blamed Netflix for the problems with quality streaming, saying that the video company is sending traffic over congested links. While that might be true, Netflix agreed to pay Verizon for a direct connection to the ISP's network on April 28, but Verizon hasn't been able to set up enough links yet – which is where most of the problem seems to stem from. Verizon said that those connections will start rolling out incrementally this month and should be completely installed by the end of 2014.

Netflix performance is also getting worse on AT&T, though the company has no agreement with them at the moment. AT&T U-verse performance dropped from 1.7Mbps in May to 1.5Mbps in June, while AT&T DSL performance dropped from 1.26Mbps in May to 1.13Mbps in June. Netflix performance on Comcast dropped slightly, from 2.72Mbps to 2.61Mbps – Netflix inked a deal earlier this year to get direct access to its customers.

Cablevision, which agreed to give Netflix free connections to its network, leads major ISPs in the US with a rating of 3.03Mbps. The US average across all ISPs is 2.18Mbps.

Source: Ars Technica

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    GrimCW says:

    In other words, Verizon did react to the negative PR that Netflix gave them a bit ago after the contracts.. TBH I thought it was a bit balsy for them to have said all that right after signing contracts with the company.. also that it took verizon a bit long to realize they'd been burned…

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    GrimCW says:

    Hmm if its anything like the ones I'd been installing for Verizon and other companies for awhile before we got sold. They probably have everything setup, They just haven't activated anything yet for no reason other than just because.

    We ran the fiber lines all over the damned place out here, and of the area's installed, a small fraction has thus far been turned on.

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    Sleaker says:

    You translated incorrectly.  proper translation: We're still installing nodes, congestion will continue until more routes are available and have been installed.


    I still think the 'netflix index' is bogus. As it only shows connectivity speeds to 1 endpoint.

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