by Mike Masnick

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bandwidth, cable, dsl, internet


Netflix Shows Which ISPs Actually Perform Well... And Which Don't

from the ah,-data dept

It's always fun to discover some data that reveals some useful info -- and the folks over at Netflix have apparently realized that they're sitting on a treasure trove of data concerning the performance levels of various ISPs, based on all that content Netflix is streaming. Rather than just keep it all internally, Netflix is starting to publish the data, showing how well certain ISPs perform, and highlighting how you generally get better performance out of cable than DSL.
This is smart on Netflix's part, as it actually does a nice job encouraging ISPs to improve their quality, knowing that they can tout these kinds of "independent" rankings to show their overall quality.

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jan 2011 @ 4:01am

    Re: Very interesting results

    Comcast, the company that brought the country (or at least the tech community) into an uproar by limiting bandwidth for a specific type of download, has the second highest average on the chart.

    Yes, but remember that the chart is for Netflix streaming video only. That's not all there is to the internet.

    THe other funny thing is that despite this, people still want to for some reason complain about comcast.

    Maybe those are the people who use their internet connection for something besides just Netflix.

    In the context of overall service, feel free to complain about Comcast if you feel your service from Comcast has been bad.

    Oh gee, that's so kind of you to give your permission.

    In the context of this article and this specific data point, for US ISP's, you have to say that Comcast is on average the second best performing ISP.

    Unless you use it for some other types of downloads, that is.

    Do you work for Comcast, have stock in them or what?

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