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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Netflix App Best Movies

Netflix pro tip: How to find movies that don’t suck

By on July 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

Netflix pro tip: How to find movies that don’t suck

Netflix is a fantastic service that has and will continue to change the home entertainment landscape. But despite how disruptive the service have been — and this is one of those rare cases where “disruptive” is being used to describe a company that actually disrupted something — it can still be infuriatingly difficult to find good content amid all of the stale movies and TV shows in Netflix’s library. More →

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Netflix 2014 Emmy Nominations

Netflix just scored a remarkable 31 Emmy nominations

By on July 10, 2014 at 10:51 AM.

Netflix just scored a remarkable 31 Emmy nominations

It hasn’t taken long for Netflix to establish itself as a very respectable original content producer. Business Insider brings us word that Netflix’s original series have been nominated for 31 different Emmy awards this year, led by its two smash-hit shows House of Cards and Orange is the New BlackMore →

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Netflix Tagger Job Opening

Netflix is looking for someone to fill the world’s greatest job opening

By on July 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

Netflix is looking for someone to fill the world’s greatest job opening

Is it really possible to have too much of a good thing? One lucky job seeker from Europe is about to find out as Netflix has announced it is looking for a new “tagger” in the UK and Ireland, another facet of the company’s continued expansion throughout Europe. Taggers are given the envious task of watching dozens of movies and TV shows on Netflix and then describing everything they watch using objective tags. This is the first stage of the Netflix recommendation system, combining with a complex algorithm to ensure your profile is unique and aligns with your viewing habits. More →

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Netflix Deutsche Telekom Marketing Alliance

Netflix may have finally found an ISP it actually likes

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

Netflix may have finally found an ISP it actually likes

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 →

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Netflix’s latest wave of new shows is its weirdest and riskiest batch yet

By on June 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM.

Netflix’s latest wave of new shows is its weirdest and riskiest batch yet

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 →

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Comcast Verizon Vs. Netflix FCC

The FCC wants to know if Comcast and Verizon are fleecing Netflix

By on June 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

The FCC wants to know if Comcast and Verizon are fleecing Netflix

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 →

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Verizon Vs. Comcast Netflix

Verizon has done the seemingly impossible: It’s made Comcast look good

By on June 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM.

Verizon has done the seemingly impossible: It’s made Comcast look good

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 →

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