Orange is the New Black Torrent Stats

The third most torrented TV show isn’t even on cable

By on August 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

The third most torrented TV show isn’t even on cable

Everyone knows that Game of Thrones is once again the most torrented TV show of the year, but could you name the top ten? Peer-to-peer analyst group Tru Optik has compiled a list of the top ten TV show torrents from the second quarter of 2014, and although a majority are predictable, number 3 stands out above the rest. With 60.8 million torrent download, the Netflix original prison dramedy Orange is the New Black has become the third most popular TV show torrent…and it isn’t even on TV. More →

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Netflix CEO on Net Neutrality

Netflix rails against ISPs even as it agrees to pay off yet another one for better connections

By on August 20, 2014 at 5:25 PM.

Netflix rails against ISPs even as it agrees to pay off yet another one for better connections

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Tuesday penned an editorial in Wired in which he defended the free Internet and advocated against the FCC’s Net Neutrality proposals, as well as against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. But even though Hastings is not afraid to vividly voice his concerns – this isn’t the first time he’s written an editorial on these matters – Netflix was apparently forced to ink its fourth interconnect deal in the U.S. to make sure that TWC broadband subscribers who watch Netflix online get a decent experience. More →

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HBO Vs. Netflix Original Content

Netflix’s massive new content wave is going to put unprecedented pressure on HBO

By on August 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Netflix’s massive new content wave is going to put unprecedented pressure on HBO

The future keeps happening. Facebook just passed IBM in market cap and now Netflix has passed HBO in subscriber revenue, hitting a giddy $1.146 billion last quarter. More →

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Netflix France Release Date

Netflix is bringing enough bandwidth to France to take on many ISPs

By on July 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Netflix is bringing enough bandwidth to France to take on many ISPs

Netflix has learned a thing or two from its U.S. online movie streaming business, and the company will apparently bring an impressive infrastructure in the new European markets it plans to serve starting with this September. GigaOm reports the company is coming to France with 1Tbps of bandwidth, which apparently is more capacity than some of the country’s top ISPs have. More →

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Netflix Release Date for Germany, France, Austria

Netflix will attack six European markets this September

By on July 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Netflix will attack six European markets this September

It’s no secret that Netflix to expand in additional European markets this year, but the company has never offered an exact rollout plan for the new countries it wants to conquer. Fortunately, in a new letter to shareholders spotted by Android Police, Netflix confirmed that its European presence will see a significant increase in September, when the movie streaming service will reach six new markets. More →

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Verizon Netflix Congestion Issues Response

Verizon calls out Netflix partner for ‘selective amnesia’ on streaming issues

By on July 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM.

Verizon calls out Netflix partner for ‘selective amnesia’ on streaming issues

The heated back and forth between Netflix and Verizon has gone on for long enough that other companies are beginning to throw their hats into the ring. Level 3, a Netflix network operator, came forward with evidence last week which seemed to indicate that Verizon had the capacity to cheaply and quickly upgrade its network to improve streaming quality for customers, but was consciously deciding not to do so. Verizon, unwilling let these accusations go unaccounted for, has responded with a snippy blog post of its own. More →

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Netflix Feature: Privacy Mode

Netflix wants to help you hide your embarrassing viewing habits from your family

By on July 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM.

Netflix wants to help you hide your embarrassing viewing habits from your family

Netflix appears to be interested in offering a new privacy-enhancing feature to its subscribers, GigaOm reports, which would be a private viewing mode that will help users hide their history from their Netflix timeline, so that other users who have access to the same account can’t see it. More →

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How to Fix Netflix Streaming on Verizon

What one savvy Verizon customer did to get decent Netflix streaming

By on July 21, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

What one savvy Verizon customer did to get decent Netflix streaming

The Net Neutrality-related Netflix vs Verizon fight over service quality continues with a new episode, as one FiOS customer managed to prove that Verizon may indeed be toying with Netflix streaming speeds, Ars Technica reports. More →

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Verizon Netflix Congestion Issues

Was Verizon lying to us about Netflix congestion issues?

By on July 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM.

Was Verizon lying to us about Netflix congestion issues?

For months, Netflix has been adamant that Verizon is the root cause of streaming slowdowns on its service, but Verizon countered last week with an accusation of its own: Netflix itself is responsible for the nosedive in streaming quality. Verizon Regulatory Affairs VP David Young shared the evidence on the Verizon Policy Blog, concluding that Netflix could solve the issue by making a few simple adjustments, but Netflix network operator Level 3 has now joined in the fight to try to catch Verizon in a lie. More →

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Netflix FCC Net Neutrality Filing

Netflix would rather the FCC do nothing than authorize ‘fast lanes’

By on July 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Netflix would rather the FCC do nothing than authorize ‘fast lanes’

It’s safe to say that Netflix is still really not a fan of the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to possibly allow for Internet “fast lanes” where ISPs can charge content companies more to get their traffic delivered more quickly than on the “standard” Internet. The Verge has spotted Netflix’s official filing with the FCC discussing its proposed new net neutrality rules and the company basically says that it would be better if the FCC just did nothing instead of making things worse with its current proposal. More →

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Verizon Netflix Streaming Speed

Netflix streaming on Verizon just keeps getting worse

By on July 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM.

Netflix streaming on Verizon just keeps getting worse

So now we know why Verizon decided to come out and accuse Netflix of essentially choosing to make its own traffic slow on its network — it seemingly wanted to preempt some more bad news in the most recent Netflix ISP rankings. Ars Technica notices that Netflix’s performance on Verizon’s FiOS network tanked by another 17% over the last month, which is a major embarrassment for Verizon given that it had already come to an agreement with Netflix months ago to improve the connections that Netflix used to send traffic through its network. More →

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Netflix Vs. Comcast Verizon

Netflix CEO explains why he’s trashing your ISP

By on July 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM.

Netflix CEO explains why he’s trashing your ISP

Netflix has really gotten under some major ISPs’ nerves over the past few months by picking high-profile fights with both Verizon and Comcast. In an interview with The Washington Post, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explains why he’s decided to call out ISPs for what he says is poor service and to weigh in against the controversial proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. More →

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Verizon Vs. Netflix Traffic

Verizon accuses Netflix of intentionally slowing its own traffic

By on July 10, 2014 at 2:49 PM.

Verizon accuses Netflix of intentionally slowing its own traffic

This is something we’ve certainly never thought of before: What if Netflix is intentionally make its own streaming services slow for some inexplicable reason? That’s what Verizon is telling us in a new blog post that was written in response to a customer who complained about getting poor Netflix performance on his home connection even though it was a 75Mbps FiOS connection. Verizon says that there was absolutely no congestion in its last-mile infrastructure, which only leaves one plausible explanation: Netflix and its transit provider partners were intentionally choosing suboptimal connections through which to send traffic. More →

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