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.
The FCC said that it received 3 million comments about the proposed net neutrality rules as it approached yesterday's deadline for comments.
Bouygues Telecom is the latest European operator to sign a deal offering customers direct access to Netflix, as the U.S. video streaming company continues its expansion in the region.
Verizon has enhanced its profile on Netflix's speed chart, rising two spots on the video provider's August Speed Index, to 2.41 Mbps, reports FierceOnlineVideo. However, AT&T, which signed an interconnection agreement with Netflix in May, saw the largest gain.
Netflix, Mozilla and a group of consumer advocates are showing their frustration over the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules, which could include the creation of Internet fast lanes, by holding Internet Slowdown Day.
Now that interconnection agreements with the four top U.S. Internet service providers are in place and with no new spats grabbing the public's attention, Netflix and Verizon may have entered a period of détente. Average streaming speeds for subscribers on the FiOS network rose two places on the SVOD provider's August Speed Index, to 2.41 Mbps.
Watching movies and hour-long TV shows on a smartphone can be more of a chore than an enjoyable experience, and it appears that Netflix is taking notice. According to GigaOm, the SVOD provider is testing short clips on its mobile apps that run about two to five minutes. Current clips include key scenes from TV shows and movies or bits from stand-up comedy specials.
Netflix has grand ambitions to expand its 4K/UHD content library and sees municipal providers that are deploying their own fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks as a key enabler.
As Netflix prepares to increase the content it's delivering in 4K/UHD, a bandwidth-hungry video format, the SVOD provider promoted, in comments to the FCC, municipal broadband providers' ability to quickly bring U.S. residents up to the Internet capacity necessary to view Ultra HD.
Netflix's international expansion is continuing along its planned growth path, with the subscription video on demand provider announcing its first French-produced series, Marseille, slated to premiere in late 2015. Meantime, Amazon is sticking with its pilot-to-series original content model, debuting five new pilots this week for viewers to rate and review.