Netflix Roulette

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Thu, May 1st, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

If you're like me, where you spend more time scrolling through what's offered than actually watching anything, try using Netflix Roulette. Pick your preferences, spin the wheel and see what comes up.

Speaking of Netflix, they explain the fallout with the demise of Net Neutrality. In a nutshell, some ISPs are looking into milking customers by providing them with an internet connection and now want to milk content providers, such as Netflix, for allowing them to reach these connected customers.

Some major ISPs, like Cablevision, already practice strong net neutrality and for their broadband subscribers, the quality of Netflix and other streaming services is outstanding. But on other big ISPs, due to a lack of sufficient interconnectivity, Netflix performance has been constrained, subjecting consumers who pay a lot of money for high-speed Internet to high buffering rates, long wait times and poor video quality. A recent Wall Street Journal article chronicled this degradation using our public data.

Once Netflix agrees to pay the ISP interconnection fees, however, sufficient capacity is made available and high quality service for consumers is restored. If this kind of leverage is effective against Netflix, which is pretty large, imagine the plight of smaller services today and in the future. Roughly the same arbitrary tax is demanded from the intermediaries such as Cogent and Level 3, who supply millions of websites with connectivity, leading to a poor consumer experience.

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