Verizon (VZ) broadband subs are complaining about receiving low-quality Netflix (NFLX) streams,...

Verizon (VZ) broadband subs are complaining about receiving low-quality Netflix (NFLX) streams, and the culprit appears to be Verizon's unwillingness to upgrade its network to handle more Netflix traffic from fellow carrier and Netflix bandwidth supplier Cogent (CCOI). The dispute drives home the thorny relationships Netflix, which now makes up ~1/3 of U.S. Web traffic during peak hours, has with many ISPs, in spite of its efforts to relieve congestion via its Open Connect CDN (some ISPs are on board, some aren't). In Verizon's case, the carrier's efforts to compete with Netflix via its Redbox Instant JV could also be a factor.

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  • montanamark
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    VZ is likely busy working on government traffic
    19 Jun 2013, 02:48 PM Reply Like
  • Sakelaris
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    If this is Verizon's way of trying to hold back Netflix, it is shameful!


    And who would want to pay for Redbox streaming anyway? The Redbox streaming selection is very limited and much of it comes with additional pay-per-view charges!
    19 Jun 2013, 03:18 PM Reply Like
  • Ilioula
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    Let me repeat what I've said on other posts: the band width problem is largely overrated. It has been used as an excuse for all kinds of network issues, but it's a non-problem. MIT's Technology Review ran two recent articles regarding the band width issue. Their solution was the soul of simplicity; a set of simultaneous linear equations which are woven into the data stream. The equations takes advantage of the fact that any equation in one variable can be solved by isolating the unknown.
    Data is sent with three one variable problems, which may then be solved if the receiver has only two of the three variables. This simple technique eliminates the need to query the sender for missing data-this being the primary cause of slow data traffic.
    The minimum speed increase is 10x, more than enough to send unbuffered video.
    I think the telecoms have this trick up their sleeves and are waiting to offer it until after the next bandwidth auction.
    20 Jun 2013, 06:56 AM Reply Like
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