Showing posts with label open connect. Show all posts
Showing posts with label open connect. Show all posts

Monday, April 14, 2014

Netflix ISP Speed Index for March

We have just added March data to the Netflix ISP Speed Index, our monthly update on which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best Netflix streaming experience during primetime.

This month’s rankings are a great illustration of how performance can improve when ISPs work to connect directly to Netflix. In the US, the average speed on the Comcast network for Netflix streams is up 65 percent from 1.51Mbps in January to 2.5Mbps in March.

We’re also seeing early improvements on Telenor-owned ISPs in Norway, Sweden and Denmark after Telenor agreed to directly connect its network to Netflix.

We are dedicated to delivering a great streaming experience and invest in continually improving that experience. Part of that investment is working with ISPs to make Netflix delivery easy and to avoid congestion. We see consistently better speeds for customers served by ISPs that directly connect their network to Netflix using our Open Connect content delivery network.


A few additional data points from the February update of the Netflix ISP Speed Index:
  • We have expanded the ISP Speed Index with six more countries in Latin America: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panama, Peru and Uruguay. Consumers there now also have a simple way to see which ISPs provide the best Netflix streaming experience. The data also allows easy country-to-country comparisons: Uruguay tops the region while Costa Rica is last of the 11 ranked nations. 
  • In Sweden, Com Hem has taken the top slot, unseating Own It for the first time.
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.

Joris

Joris Evers is part of the corporate communications team at Netflix

UPDATE: Blog was corrected at 11:45AM to reflect accurate average Comcast speed in January. It was 1.51Mpbs. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

New: Netflix Prime Time ISP Performance Metrics

Our members watch well over a billion hours of Netflix a month. Most of that streaming happens during prime time. Starting with the October update to the Netflix ISP Speed Index published today, we’re reporting prime time performance metrics, so you know which Internet service providers (ISPs) deliver the best Netflix experience when it matters most.

Prime time is the equivalent of rush hour on the Internet. This can lead to congestion on the network, just like physical traffic can on roads. When watching Netflix, network congestion can manifest itself as buffering, lower video quality or longer start-up times.

This graphic shows how important the effect of network congestion during prime time can be on the viewing experience. ISP speeds are consistently much better for customers served by ISPs that directly connect their network to Netflix using our Open Connect content delivery network. This performance difference is even more evident during prime time.


We are proud that Netflix is one of the most popular Internet applications. Netflix is one of the primary reasons people sign up for broadband and upgrade to premium broadband tiers.

We are dedicated to delivering a great streaming experience and invest in continually improving that experience. Part of that investment is working with ISPs to make Netflix delivery easy and to avoid congestion. Through Open Connect, our purpose-built content delivery network, we help broadband providers make it easy to deliver Netflix video at no cost to them.


Note: The Netflix ISP Speed Index reflects the average speed as measured by Netflix streaming activity. The average speed will differ from the theoretical maximum speed an ISP advertises because of the various video bitrates and the various devices our members use to watch Netflix. Still the average provides a great indication of an ISPs ability to deliver a great Netflix experience.

Joris

Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Highest Quality HD Now Available To All Netflix Members

All Netflix members, regardless of their Internet service provider (ISP), now have access to the highest quality HD streams available on Netflix.

This means that the great TV shows and movies on Netflix will look even better on HD screens with a higher bit rate stream, Super HD, that applies less compression to the 1080p image.

We initially rolled out Super HD in January only through ISPs with a direct connection to Netflix. Based on the performance data we’ve seen, and in response to member requests, we are now expanding availability to give all our members the ability to enjoy Netflix in the best possible quality.

Netflix uses “adaptive streaming” to dynamically adjust the video quality based on the available bandwidth. This means that the ability to receive Super HD depends on broadband quality and performance. Netflix members who subscribe to an ISP with a direct Netflix connection will get the best experience. Find out more about ISP performance by consulting the Netflix ISP Speed Index.

We continue to encourage ISPs to adopt Netflix Open Connect, our highly optimized video content delivery network. Open Connect is available at no cost to ISPs and is designed to deliver the best possible Netflix experience by storing the TV shows and movies Netflix members want to watch as close to them as possible.

Note that HD and Super HD are only available on certain titles and can only be displayed on devices that support HD. More detail is available in the Netflix Help Center.

Joris

Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix

Monday, June 10, 2013

Netflix ISP Speed Index for May

We just added May 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 May:
  • U.S.: The top rankings remain unchanged, but the top five ISPs all delivered slightly faster averages. Optimum continues to provide the best Netflix experience of any large ISP, followed by COX. 
  • U.K: No change in rankings with Virgin holding on to its top position. All ISPs in the UK delivered improvements in speed in May compared to April. 
  • Ireland: UPC dropped three spots to No. 4 while Magnet maintains its No. 1 slot and continues to be the ISP with the best Netflix performance. Runner Digiweb, Eircom and Vodafone showed slight speed increases. 
  • Nordics: Average speeds went up for each country. The Nordics continue to have the fastest ISPs, led by Ownit in Sweden. In Norway Altibox jumped back to the No. 1 slot 
  • Mexico: Speeds increased for the top three providers, giving Netflix members who use those ISPs a better experience.

Located at http://ISPSpeedIndex.Netflix.com/ 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

Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix