Dan Rayburn breaks it down with some context and history and gets right to the point.
The reason for the poor quality streaming is that Cogent refuses to pay Comcast to add more capacity, even though Cogent is taking Netflix’s money for the service. Cogent is charging Netflix for a service it can’t deliver.
So, the deal with Comcast may not be as bad as it seems at first glance.
All the tools that the cool kids are using!
From the Wall Street Journal:
Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to ensure Netflix movies and TV shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers, a landmark agreement that could set a precedent for Netflix’s dealings with other broadband providers, people familiar with the situation said.
This sets a dangerous precedent, but I doubt Netflix had any alternatives based on this:
Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings decided to strike the deal after Netflix saw a deterioration in streaming speeds for Comcast subscribers. According to Netflix data published in January, the average speeds of Netflix’s prime-time streams to Comcast subscribers had dropped 27% since October. Mr. Hastings didn’t want streaming speeds to deteriorate further and become a bigger issue for customers, the people said.
In preparation for the Super Bowl, see how you do with these play calls.
If you haven’t read the latest AnandTech review of the new Mac Pro you should make the time.
It’s nice to see it’s not just wacky websites that get all the money. I really love what Nest is doing and I can’t wait to see more products from them.
Maybe they should have gotten Aston Kutcher instead.
Without a doubt, the new Mac Pro is the biggest advance in computer technology this year. What Apple has been able to do from an engineering and industrial design standpoint is nothing short of fantastic.