Will TWC’s crying foul to the press evolve into crying foul in court?
Last week, Netflix launched its Super HD and 3D streaming services, available only to customers with certain Internet Service Providers (ISP). The services come at no additional cost to Netflix subscribers who are, naturally, thrilled with the announcement. The ISPs, on the other hand, aren’t as ecstatic.
According to Slashgear, Time Warner Cable (TWC) is claiming that Netflix is engaging in “discriminatory behavior.” The reason TWC is hot under the collar: Netflix is requiring ISPs to sign-on to its Open Connect delivery system before giving them access to the new high-resolution content. Open Connect essentially strings a direct line between Netflix and ISPs, advantageous in that in that it eases congestion and reduces the cost of streaming the high-bandwidth material.
Still, TWC says its network can handle the task just fine, thank you very much, and is contending that it’s wrong for Netflix to withhold content from its customers. Netflix, however, views an opt-out on Open Connect as a deal breaker, and continues to encourage all ISPs to get on board with the program – which it insists involves no extra cost to the provider.
Will TWC content itself with voicing its displeasure? Or is this public foul-crying a harbinger of legal action?
I happen to be a Time Warner Cable customer and Netflix subscriber, so when I saw this news I was pretty bummed out. Luckily I still have tons of Blu-rays to watch. That should keep my busy until this debacle is resolved. Hopefully TWC and their customers are on the winning side of this battle. Only time will tell...
When I wrote Time Warner Cable telling them my desire to watch Super HD and 3D content via Open Connect, I got the following response "Thank you for your request. Please note that, we do not support Netflix." Unbelievable