Monday, May 13, 2013

Netflix ISP Speed Index for April

We just added April data to the “Netflix ISP Speed Index,” providing an updated look at which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best Netflix streaming experience.

A few data points from the new Netflix ISP Speed Index, reflecting data for April:

  • In the U.S.: Cablevision Optimum continues to provide the best Netflix experience of any large ISP, with average speeds increasing slightly in April to 2.41 Mbps, meanwhile Verizon FiOS and Comcast dropped a notch in the ranking, being passed by Charter and Mediacom, respectively. 
  • In the U.K.: the top four was unchanged while TalkTalk was left in last place after EverythingEverywhere showed increased performance.
  • In Ireland: Magnet maintains its No. 1 slot and continues to be the ISP with the best Netflix performance, thought runners up UPC and Digiweb showed slight speed increases. 
  • The Nordics continue to show off high quality broadband with top speeds across the board, led by Sweden’s Ownit. In Denmark: ComX challenges the dominance of Waoo. 
  • Speeds in Mexico increased for all providers, giving Netflix members a better experience, but the overall ranking did not change.

Located at the Netflix ISP Speed Index provides an easy overview of the performance of ISPs in several of the countries Netflix is available in. Updated on a monthly basis, the site allows for easy comparison of ISPs in a country as well as international comparisons.

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on data from the more than 36 million Netflix members who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix per month. The listed speeds reflect the average performance of all Netflix streams on each ISP's network and are an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network.

Note: the average performance is below the peak performance due to many factors including the variety of encodes Netflix uses to deliver the TV shows and movies as well as the variety of devices members use and home network conditions. These factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs.

Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix

Updated Netflix Player on PlayStation 3

PlayStation 3 is one of the most popular ways to enjoy TV shows and movies from Netflix. Today we released an updated version of the Netflix player on PS3.

The first thing you will notice an updated design that is more consistent with the Netflix player on the Web as well as our mobile and tablet applications.

The key feature in this update is the ability to easily manage your audio and subtitles selections. You can now do that directly in the player on the PS3, without having to return to the browse experience.

Here’s how it works: Select “Audio & Subtitles” and all options for that title are presented. Members who use the accessory Sony PS3 Blu-ray remote control can access “Audio & Subtitles” directly from the remote control by pressing “Subtitles.”

For users of our social features, the ability to not share the current title is also easily available in the player.

Lastly, we have improved the design and performance of our “trickplay” mode when scanning forward or reverse in play mode. The images load much faster, allowing you to quickly find what you are looking for. Also, you can easily go back 10 seconds in the title anytime by simply pressing the left arrow button once on your controller or remote control.

The updated Netflix player experience is available now on PS3 and will be coming soon to select Smart TVs and Blu-ray players.

And for more information about how to use the PS3 to stream Netflix...



Chris Jaffe is Director of Product Innovation at Netflix

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Now It’s Even Easier To Keep Watching On iPad

At Netflix we’re focused on letting you enjoy TV shows and movies. Today we added the “post-play” feature to our app for iPad, making it even easier to watch more.

If you use Netflix on PlayStation 3 or our Web site, you already know post-play. It makes sitting down for multiple episodes of a show a breeze. After an episode, we minimize the credits and tee-up the next episode. If you do nothing, the next episode starts to play in 10 seconds.

Post-play also works for movies. When finishing a feature, we offer three recommendations to try next. If those don’t suit you, you can always go back to browsing to find something else.

You won’t need to do anything to take advantage of this, just fire up the Netflix iPad app and enjoy!

Michael Spiegelman

Michael is director of product innovation at Netflix

Friday, May 3, 2013

Now Presenting More Rows On iPad

We’re happy to announce today that we have added many more rows of TV shows and movies to the main screen of our iPad app.

Most iPad users will now have access to 25 or more rows on the main screen of the Netflix App. (Because of platform limitations, users of the original iPad will see only small changes to the rows displayed.)

These new rows will include many more of your favorite genres. All of these were previously available on the iPad, but you had to browse more deeply to find them. With today’s change, more movies and TV shows should be easily accessible without digging around to find them.

This is just one of many things we're doing to make Netflix on iPad better. In case you missed it, last week we added the ability to select episodes of a TV show during playback, making it very easy to switch from one episode to another. We also redesigned the audio and subtitle selector on iPad and iPhone.

We hope you enjoy the new experience!


Michael Spiegelman is director of product innovation at Netflix