Monday, February 10, 2014

Brazil, Chile Lead In Broadband in Latin America

We have just added January data to the “Netflix ISP Speed Index,” our monthly update on which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best Netflix streaming experience during primetime. With this update we have also added Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia to our rankings.

Netflix has been available throughout Latin America since September 2011. Broadband quality in the region has been improving since we launched and trends are headed in the right direction, except in Argentina where we see average speeds declining.

Brazil and Chile lead in providing the best experience in Latin America, followed by Colombia. These three countries provide average speeds that are higher than in the United States, which over the past months is seeing a downward trend in average speeds.

A few additional data points from the January update of the Netflix ISP Speed Index:

  • In Latin America, GVT in Brazil and GTD in Chile are consistently the fastest broadband providers. Both are examples of innovative ISPs that invest in new network technology and strive to optimize the experience for their customers.
  • In the US, Verizon (FiOS and DSL), AT&T U-verse and Mediacom slipped in the rankings while Time Warner Cable, Bright House, Windstream, Centurylink and Clearwire saw gains.
  • In Europe there were no major ranking shifts, but in Denmark, Norway and Sweden speeds on already low-ranked Telenor operated ISPs dropped further in January.

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on data from the more than 44 million Netflix members worldwide who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix each 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. A faster network generally means a better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions.

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.

Below is our current ranking of regional ISPs.

Joris

Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix



Thursday, February 6, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Go For the Gold

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we’ve created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

My daughter started Kindergarten this year - so naturally we felt it must be time to start soccer too. I got her a special pink soccer outfit and pink shin guards to go along with her pink gym shoes (because of course I wouldn’t invest in cleats just yet…).  We met the team and she followed the coach’s direction well.  But after three ‘games’ she decided she didn’t want to play soccer anymore.  My husband, who played every sport growing up, declared “we needed to teach her what commitment is” and lectured me on how she needed to stick with it.  I said I didn’t want to fight with her every Saturday morning and that she was only 5!  I won and we stopped soccer.  J  But he was actually right. 

Our kids do need to learn about sticking with something until they feel the thrill of success.  And that’s why I love this month’s idea.  We’re going to introduce the Olympics to my kids (they’re still pretty young) and start talking about the importance of dedication, teamwork and inspiration.  Common Sense Media provided us a great list of  key lessons you can teach your kids while tuning in to the games. They also compiled a guide to watching the winter events as a family in hopes of bringing everyone together from some fun viewing and bonding time. 

As we like to do, we pulled together a handful of movie and TV shows you can enjoy before, during and after the games.

 For Your Big Kids


For Your Little Kids



If you’re planning your own backyard games, check out these easy to make, oven-baked clay medals that can be used again and again. Click here to learn how to make your own.










If your little athlete prefers to cheer from the sidelines, pick their favorite sport and create these delicious sports cakes made with whole wheat, mashed bananas, and fresh orange juice. Click here to learn how to make your own.






Here’s to going for gold! 
-Jenny
Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two)