Netflix Vs. Comcast P2P Technology

How Netflix could defeat Comcast once and for all

By on April 25, 2014 at 5:13 PM.

How Netflix could defeat Comcast once and for all

Netflix is clearly not happy with the current arrangement that it has with Comcast, which is why it’s considering taking matters into its own hands. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin has spotted a Netflix job listing for a senior software engineer who specializes in peer-to-peer networks. Furthermore, the job listing says that it wants this engineer to engage in “research and architecture of large-scale peer-to-peer network technology as applicable to Netflix streaming.” More →

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Comcast Vs. Netflix TWC Merger

Comcast lashes out at Netflix over opposition to TWC merger

By on April 22, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Comcast lashes out at Netflix over opposition to TWC merger

Gee, do you think that Netflix publicly coming out against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger has struck a nerve with Comcast? Within hours of Netflix declaring its opposition to the proposed $45 billion merger, Comcast came out with a statement that accused Netflix of relying on “inaccurate claims and arguments” to make its case. More →

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Comcast-TWC Merger Netflix

Netflix officially comes out against the Comcast-TWC merger

By on April 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM.

Netflix officially comes out against the Comcast-TWC merger

In addition to news on possible price increases, Netflix on Monday also officially took a stance against the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In its letter to shareholders released Monday, Netflix said that a combined Comcast and TWC would “possess even more anticompetitive leverage to charge arbitrary interconnection tolls for access to their customers.” To back up its reasoning, Netflix said that the decline of DSL has made cable Internet the default broadband technology for most Americans and claimed that if the merger were approved then many American households would have “Comcast as the only option for truly high-speed broadband” that offers service of 10Mbps or higher. More →

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Netflix Subscription Price Increase

Netflix plans to increase prices by up to 25% for new subscribers

By on April 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM.

Netflix plans to increase prices by up to 25% for new subscribers

If getting unlimited streaming for $7.99 per month sounds like a deal that’s too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. The Wall Street Journal reports that Netlfix plans to raise its prices by between $1 to $2 a month for new subscribers, which would represent an increase of as much as 25% from current prices. The Journal says that current subscribers will keep their rates “for a generous time period,” but they too might have to pay higher prices in the future as well. News of future price increases came as part of Netflix’s Q1 2014 earnings report, where the company said it added 4 million new streaming subscribers and posted earnings of $0.86 per share on revenues of $1.27 billion.

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Orange is the New Black Season 2 Trailer

Video: Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix with even angrier cellmates

By on April 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

Video: Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix with even angrier cellmates

One of the biggest surprises of 2013 was Orange is the New Black, a Netflix original series that lacked the star power of House of Cards, but made up for it with incredible writing, performances and an ending that left viewers speechless. After an 11 month hiatus, the prison drama will return to Netflix on June 6th with 13 new episodes, and as usual, all the episodes will be released simultaneously. Netflix debuted the first trailer for season 2 on Thursday, welcoming back a vast majority of the cast from the first season, along with a few new faces. Watch the premiere trailer for the second season of Orange is the New Black below. More →

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Senator Franken Letter To Netflix

Sen. Franken looks to recruit Netflix in his quest to kill the Comcast-TWC merger

By on April 16, 2014 at 5:10 PM.

Sen. Franken looks to recruit Netflix in his quest to kill the Comcast-TWC merger

Senator Al Franken (D, Minn.) has been one of the most vocal critics of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and now he’s trying to bring in the big guns to help him kill it once and for all. Franken on Wednesday sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings asking him or his company to publicly weigh in on a merger that Franken says will hurt competition for online video services going forward. More →

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Comcast Netflix Streaming Speeds

Netflix streaming speeds see major boost after Comcast payouts

By on April 14, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Netflix streaming speeds see major boost after Comcast payouts

Surprise! Paying off Comcast does have its benefits. Less than two months after coming to a peering arrangement with Comcast where it agreed to make regular payments to the cable giant to ensure high-quality streaming for its customers, Netflix reported that average streaming speeds have surged by 65% on Comcast’s network. In fact, the increase in streaming speeds was so large that Comcast jumped ahead a full six spots in Netflix’s rankings of Internet service providers and now is the fifth-fastest ISP for Netflix streaming in the United States with an average speed of 2.5Mbps. More →

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AT&T Netflix Capacity Fees

AT&T Mobility CEO says Netflix should pay a traffic tax, not customers

By on March 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM.

AT&T Mobility CEO says Netflix should pay a traffic tax, not customers

AT&T pulled in a staggering $128.8 billion in revenue in 2013. The company’s operating income for the full year totaled more than $30 billion. According to the company’s mobile boss, however, the extra capacity needed to deliver popular services over the Internet to its customers is an expense AT&T should not have to bear.

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Netflix' Strong Net Neutrality Case

Netflix calls for ‘strong’ net neutrality as it’s forced to pay tolls

By on March 21, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Netflix calls for ‘strong’ net neutrality as it’s forced to pay tolls

In an extensive post, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings called for “strong net neutrality,” as opposed to the “weak net neutrality” that currently exists, and which allows ISPs to theoretically – if not actually – bully Internet businesses into paying fees in order for consumers to be able to enjoy their services at better speeds. More →

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Netflix For Pirates Is Dead

‘Netflix for pirates’ is already dead

By on March 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

‘Netflix for pirates’ is already dead

The pirate’s answer to Netflix is now offline. Popcorn Time streamed dozens of free movies straight from their torrent files to computers all around the world, and the creators never stopped claiming that it was all completely legal. They even checked four times! But despite the massive response, much of which the creators say was positive, the app has been permanently disconnected. According to the message that now dominates the front page of the app’s website, the creators no longer want to be a part of “endless debates about piracy and copyright, legal threats and the shady machinery that makes us feel in danger for doing what we love.” We’ll be keeping an eye out to see if the team has anything else in store for the future.

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Netflix Speed Test

Netflix service speeds up after company agrees to pay Comcast ‘ransom’

By on March 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Netflix service speeds up after company agrees to pay Comcast ‘ransom’

Following news that Comcast and Netflix had reached a deal whereby Netflix would pay the Internet Service Provider a fee in order to ensure Netflix subscribers have a smooth viewing experience, people panicked and cried that net neutrality was dead. While that’s not entirely true, what is now a matter of fact is that Netflix service performance on Comcast’s network has improved fairly substantially since the company ponied up what many refer to as a “ransom.” More →

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How to Watch House of Cards Without Netflix

Comcast customers can now watch ‘House of Cards’ without a Netflix subscription

By on March 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Comcast customers can now watch ‘House of Cards’ without a Netflix subscription

Netflix may own the streaming rights for House of Cards in the U.S., but fans don’t necessarily need a subscription to watch the show as long as they’re Comcast customers, Variety reveals. The cable operator has inked a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which manages international and home video distribution for House of Cards, to offer customers access to season one of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama via the recently launched Xfinity Store. More →

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