Netflix might have finally found an ally in a very contentious market. Reuters reports that German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom is in talks with Netflix regarding a potential marketing alliance once the U.S.-based video service begin its international expansion. The news comes via Manager Magazine, a German publication in which it is noted that the two companies are rather far along in negotiations, but they have not reached a deal. In fact, Netflix was still weighing its options with other German telecom companies at the time of publication. More →
The strategy of launching wave upon wave of new, original content has worked like a charm for Netflix. As the second season of Orange is the New Black has received an avalanche of media coverage, Netflix’s share price has zoomed up by 20% over the past month. The company is now prepping launches in France and Germany after it clobbered HBO in Sweden by a roughly 10-to-1 ratio in new subscriber additions. And now Netflix is preparing to unleash a new wave of content that includes some of its most surprising shows yet. More →
Peering agreements between ISPs and transit companies or content providers aren’t technically net neutrality issues but they could still be potentially harmful to the open Internet depending on their terms. To bring some more light into this perpetually shady area, Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler said on Friday that the FCC is going to investigate peering deals that Netflix has signed with Comcast, Verizon and other carriers to determine whether the terms are fair or if ISPs are using their market power to charge content companies excessive fees in exchange for getting improved connections to their network. More →
It takes a lot of work to make Comcast look good but Verizon seems to have pulled off the trick. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin has done some nice work trying to figure out how Netflix’s performance on Verizon’s network has actually gotten worse even though the two companies reached a peering agreement earlier this year. It basically boils down to this: Comcast was completely prepared to upgrade its interconnectivity infrastructure after signing its deal with Netflix while Verizon was not. More →
Netflix is not afraid to hold its ground against Verizon’s cease and desist attack, defending its right to inform customers about ISPs network performance when it comes to streaming Netflix content. In a letter to Verizon obtained by Quartz, Netflix general counsel David Hyman attacked the Internet provider, saying that Verizon is at fault for the poor performance some of their mutual customers experience, not Netflix. More →
Netflix isn’t done coming up with clever ways to name and shame ISPs that deliver slow streaming services. Wired has spotted a new tool on Netflix’s website that will let you know exactly how fast your ISP delivers Netflix video streaming traffic so you can see whether you’re actually getting the “high-speed” service you’re paying for. More →
Netflix might stop trashing Verizon’s network next week… or it might not. Netflix on Monday posted an explanation on its blog explaining why it started telling its customers to blame Verizon’s network for slow streaming. The company says that these network-trashing messages are part of a trial program that’s slated to end on June 16th, although it says it might expand on the program in the future. More →
Netflix rocked the television industry when it announced its $100 million deal for House Of Cards. The star-studded series showed the world that Netflix meant business. It wanted to be the HBO of the Internet. As for delivering on that promise, House Of Cards was… good. The production quality was most certainly impressive and the acting was solid, for the most part, but the writing was a bit lacking and the storyline was painfully predictable.
The real jewel in Netflix’s original programming crown, it turns out, is Orange Is the New Black. More →
Uh-oh! It looks like Verizon is really, really not happy that Netflix is telling its customers to blame Verizon for slow streaming speeds. CNBC brings us word that Verizon has now sent Netflix a cease and desist letter that tells the company to stop blaming its network for service interruptions and that accuses it of misleading customers to gain an upper hand in the public relations battle over the two companies’ assorted peering disputes. More →
The war between Netflix and Verizon wages on as the movie and TV streaming service has begun to notify users that Verizon’s crowded networks might be affecting the speed and quality of their streams. Vox Media’s Yuri Victor was one of the first Netflix users to share an image of the notification on Twitter, eliciting a response from Netflix spokesperson Jonathan Friedland, who says that the company is “always testing new ways to keep members informed.” More →
It seems like the more channels pay TV companies add to their lineups, the harder it is to find something good to watch on TV. The same might be said for Netflix’s digital library of movies and TV shows. Netflix is constantly expanding thanks to new content deals the streaming video giant is always working to secure. But when it comes time to sit down and pick a movie or a new show to watch, however, we often draw a blank.
That’s where Netflix Roulette comes in. More →
People generally like Google and Netflix and they generally really, really hate their ISP. However, The Hill reports that Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) would like to correct your thinking: You see, it’s broadband companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable who are the real innovative producers out there while the content-producing companies are “free-riding” moochers. More →
One of the biggest stories of 2014 so far has been the death of net neutrality. After the FCC voted last week to move forward with Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality plan, several tech companies released statements in which they reaffirmed their long-held positions opposing the proposed changes. Netflix especially has stood out as a figurehead for the net neutrality movement in recent weeks and on Tuesday, BTIG Research reported that Netflix CFO David Wells was asked about “the FCC’s view that peering and interconnection are not the same issue as net neutrality and are more like cousins or siblings.” More →