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The Netflix & Comcast Speed Agreement

Comcast and Netflix logo mash-up

Feb. 23, 2014


Comcast Corporation and Netflix, Inc., have reached a multi-year mutually beneficial interconnection agreement that will provide high-quality viewing experience for Netflix subscribers.

Over the past few months the two corporations were in conflict over allegations Comcast restricted traffic for Netflix users, resulting in a low-quality viewing experience. It appears the companies have reached an agreement that is satisfactory to both parties.

A speed data study conducted by Netflix revealed that Comcast Speeds peaked in September 2013 and have experienced a steady decline ever since.

As a subscribe to Comcast and Netflix I can attest to the declining speeds in recent months. Both my neighbor and I have experienced video-freezing buffering issues as well as image pixilation while streaming media from Netflix.

Line graph of Internet Service Provider Comcast download speeds for Netflix users

To remedy the problem the two companies have established a “more direct connection between Netflix and Comcast” users. At this time, details about the agreement are not being disclosed; however, a press release from Netflix revealed Comcast will not provide preferential network treatment.


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