Netflix offered some insight into the best performance, at least by their standards, for video streaming, and apparently cable wins over telco. In a Jan. 27 blog post, Netflix, the Web’s predominant distributor of online video streams, offers some insight into ISP, and its CDN providers’, content delivery speeds in the US and Canada, a performance and measurement issue currently high up on that the FCC’s list of priorities.

Zooming in on its top HD streams, Netflix found that they top out at nearly 5 Mb/s, or about 4800 kilobits per second (kb/s). Charter Communications turned in the best overall sustained performance over the period surveyed, delivering HD streams at an average 2667 kb/s. Rogers topped the ranking in Canada with an average 3020 kb/s.

Netflix director of content delivery Ken Florance notes that the “time-weighted bitrate metric [used] to represent the effective data throughput our subscribers receive over many of the top ISPs…can vary by network technology (e.g. DSL, Cable), region, etc., but it’s a great high-level view of Netflix performance across a large number of individual streaming sessions.” Netflix filtered the data for HD titles and for devices capable of playing HD streams, which excluded its mobile networks.

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The initial data set covers Oct. 1 through mid-January. Netflix intends to update the charts monthly.

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4 thoughts on “Netflix Rates ISPs for Video Streaming, Says Cable is Best

  1. this finding is so garbled it is unbelieveable. Telcos offer more package options for the most part so that is where this number is skewed.

  2. I would be real interested in their sample size. To what extent were FTTH providers/consumers a part of the study. Find it hard to believe that Charter would outperform Verizon FiOS or SureWest FTTH.

  3. "…a high level view…." This information lacks any specificity to frame its context. Mr. Florance is so high up that all he can see are tiny little dots.

  4. Seriously – what a joke – these guys clog up your network, don't compensate in any way, and then have the nerve to 'rate' last mile providers. Please.

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