Netflix is set to tighten its grip on the French market after Orange's CEO revealed the operator has become the second in the country to sign a direct content distribution deal with the U.S.-based video streaming company.
Belgacom is now selling all of its commercial services under the Proximus brand, and has kicked off the next chapter for the Belgian operator by also unveiling a deal to add Netflix to Proximus TV.
The net neutrality debate continued to heat up during a Congressional Forum on Net Neutrality hosted by Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (D-Calif.) this week when two Democratic FCC commissioners voiced their concerns on creating so-called fast lanes, which would allow service providers to adjust speeds related to the websites they visit to access video or other kinds of bandwidth-hungry content.
Netflix reiterated its support of "clear and strong Internet protections" from the FCC in order to support the "virtuous circle" of broadband investment and business applications stemming from such rules.
AT&T and Verizon not only think that 4 Mbps is a sufficient definition for broadband, but they have told the FCC that the regulator should not look at data caps when defining whether an Internet service should be qualified as a broadband service.
Over-the-top video may have disrupted broadcaster and pay-TV operators' business models, but when it comes to original content, SVOD providers Netflix and Amazon are traveling a well-worn path.
Netflix is reportedly in talks with cable and telecoms operators in Belgium to provide it with an alternative form of distribution, following the launch of its on-demand service in the country last Friday.
Over 90 of AT&T's wireless industry partners have come together to jointly make their voice heard at the FCC in protesting the service provider's pending acquisition of DirecTV.
France-based Bouygues Telecom has signed a deal to make Netflix available on its set-top boxes and to mobile devices beginning in November. The announcement coincided with Netflix's launch into the country, one that the industry is watching closely as the online video provider expands further into a wary European market. FierceWireless:Europe has all the details here.
Subscription video on demand provider Netflix may have intentionally caused slowdowns of its own video stream during its well-publicized disputes with Verizon and Comcast, the director of a conservative technology organization said.