Originally Posted by Charles R
Up front I haven't used Netflix streaming to any degree for quite a while. However, I think it's basically a win for everyone.
- Those how have access to Open Connect get more than what they have been paying for.
- Those who don't have access have a much better chance of getting what they have paying for as the load on existing servers (and traffic) should be reduced.
I can't blame Netflix for not offering the same speed to everyone. Clearly, within their existing structure they can't deliver the Super HD speed to everyone. Haven't enough horror stories proven that? As such starting a new delivery system to address faster speeds makes perfect sense. Complaining about not being available everywhere is like complaining (abstractly) to an airline they can't land next to your house. Currently, there are only so many runways and if you don't happen to live next to one... request your ISP to build one. Otherwise you'll have to take the bus.
Respectively I disagree (the runway is already there Netflix has chosen not to use it)
- We all could (if our bandwidth supported it) get higher bit rate streams until about a month ago (4800 kbps for video and 384 kbps for audio). This was quietly reduced by Netflix. When people discovered the reduction Netflix claimed that the reduced streams were of same or better quality. The jury is out on this one as many feel the new streams are softer.
- Now Netflix is again offering higher bit streams (4300 and 5800 Kbps 1080p) which my bandwidth can easily handle. Netflix has decided not offer these higher bit streams to me even though they were previously providing similar bit streams without any problems and my bandwidth can easily handle it.
- Almost no-one in the US has access to Open Connect so the new streams really are not available to most.
- As has been stated it seems unlikely that Comcast, Verizon, TWC etc will offer Open Connect unless there is a strong financial incentive for them to this. They certainly have no interest in enabling competiive streaming options - and Netflix have given them the perfect excuse to make sure the highest quaility Netflix streams are not available on their networks - thus making their (Comcast, Verizon, TWC) own streams look more attractive. This seems a really dumb move on Netflix's part.
- Netflix should not be asking me to lobby my ISP - I have no leverage. Comcast is my only local option. If Netflix want the major ISPs to offer Open Connect they need to negotiate the deal with them (Netflix may want to remember however that they not my only streaming option....)
Bottom line is that Netflix has artificially decided to limit the quality of the stream they offer me (and most of the US). I have had absolutely no problems in the past streaming the old 5.2 Mbps stream through my Comcast connection. It has worked 24/7 for all shows/movies I have watched. The whole thing smacks of hypocrisy and bad business judgement and would seem to undermine Netflix's Net neutrality arguments. If Netflix is willing to limit the quality of the stream through Comcast what is to stop Comcast in the future throttling Netflix streams so they can promote their own.Edited by undecided - 1/10/13 at 1:12pm