Monday, October 14, 2013

Netflix ISP Speed Index Gets A Fresh Look

We have just added September data to the “Netflix ISP Speed Index,” providing our monthly update on which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best Netflix streaming experience. With this update, we also refreshed the look of our monthly rankings, adding a gradient to the leaderboards to better show performance differences.

In case you missed it, on Sept. 26 we made the highest quality HD streams available to all Netflix members, regardless of their Internet service provider. We initially made these "Super HD" streams available only through ISPs with a direct connection to Netflix. We don't expect the broader availability to substantially change the rankings. ISPs with a direct Netflix connection will continue to deliver the best Netflix experience.

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 37 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

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Netflix On iOS Now With HD Streaming And AirPlay

The new Netflix iOS app adds two features that we know you will enjoy: HD and AirPlay.

We know many of you watch Netflix on your iPhone and iPad. The updated Netflix iOS app will stream Netflix in HD on any iOS 7 device. Make sure you are watching a title that’s available in HD and have a fast enough Internet connection.

With our latest app, you can now also start streaming over AirPlay. This new feature is very simple and works on all iOS 7 devices:
  • Choose a title to watch on your iPhone or iPad and start playback 
  • If there is an Apple TV device connected to the same Wifi network, an AirPlay icon appears 
  • Press the AirPlay icon and playback will move to your Apple TV

Use your iPhone or iPad as a remote control for the Apple TV during AirPlay. You can pause, seek, select audio or subtitles and stop playback from your iPhone or iPad.

To make this even easier use the lock screen functionality (iOS 7) in our new iOS app during AirPlay. And you can continue to use other apps like email on your phone while using Airplay with Netflix.

If you’ve updated your app and don’t yet see HD or AirPlay, please be patient. The features will roll out to all members who have the latest Netflix app (version 5.0) by mid-October.


Roma De is director of product management at Netflix