Originally Posted by rabident
What exactly is "Free OCN"? It sounds like Netflix that wants stuff for free. They want to co-locate their servers at ISP sites in order to
1) avoid operational costs paid to their local ISP for the bandwidth to serve each client stream.
2) make use of the ISP's high speed physical links to their customers.
3) Use the additional free bandwidth to offer higher quality content that only service providers are currently capable of
Netflix and Comcast compete to deliver content to consumers. How does making it cheaper for Netflix to operate and improving their product offering make sense for Comcast or ISP's in general?
Imagine if you owned a local Willy Wonka candy shop and Hershey started a program which would install their vending machines in locally owned shops. They are obviously trying to leverage your infrastructure... to sell their stuff... to your customers. In some cases, they are selling their product in lieu of yours. In interviews with the media, they extoll the virtues of their delivery method, and make up problems about yours. How quick would you be to join this "free" program?
You do not get it. NF accounts for 30% of down traffic.
1) If all of those users had Super HD it would cause so much more strain on the ISP and they would have to upgrade anyways at a high cost. NF is trying to alleviate that strain and upgrade them for free on NF's dime. The current infrastructure may not be able to handle the jump in bandwidth.
2) NF is already making use of the ISPs physical links. How do you think NF content is currently delivered? Through the cable your ISP laid down.
3) It is not free bandwidth if NF is paying for the infrastructure to deliver it, so Comcast does not have to.
Also, Netflix is doing this as a courtesy to it's customers so SHD and 3d do not make us hit a brick data cap wall. Yes, NF will benefit by bypassing some fees, but all parties benefit including the consumer. NF could just allow SHD streaming if you have the bandwidth, but if multiple people on your block are doing so, good luck getting high speeds at peak time on your shared cable connection. Then what is Comcast's next move? Upgrade their infrastructure to handle NF bandwidth allocation or cap our data so SHD is not feasible? Comcast is the bad guy here. I did not realize when I signed up it was to a company that I pay to interfere with other services I also pay for.
Seeing as Comcast has no standalone streaming service your Willie Wonka comparison holds no ground. Back to the drawing board Mike Teavee.
Umpa lumpa umpadee dee, Netflix is helping, why can't you see?Edited by Icon13 - 3/21/13 at 12:26pm