Netflix Pays Up. What's It Mean?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Shalini Ramachandran, Wall Street Journal reporter, explains why it is significant that Netflix is paying Comcast to make sure its streaming service is smooth, and what it means for Netflix and Comcast customers and the other major broadband providers.


Shalini Ramachandran

Comments [21]

Joseph from Philadelphia

Isn't this EXACTLY what net neutrality rules were supposed to prevent?

Feb. 25 2014 02:50 PM

More relevant here -- is whether WNYC's tech dept. is begging providers such as Comcast, Verizon etc. to provide discounts to WNYC and other non-profits for their streaming media svs. before it too gets smacked right in the @ss.

Otherwise, a substantial portion of our donations will be paying the piper as penalty for not having either lobbied corporate telecoms or its legislators today.

Feb. 25 2014 01:53 PM

OK so Netflix decided to give up the good fight. Disappointing and surprising but now we know what they are not (leaders, brave) and what they are (just another 1-generation company). So now Netflix needs to suck it up and go kiss Verizon FIOS's ring.

Ought to be an interesting meeting since Verizon FIOS already has not one but 2 competing services -- REDBOX by FIOS and it's own On Demand svs.

BUT -- as a Verizon customer, who has suffered throttling on both FIOS (Pandora's being throttled too) and cell (I'm grandfathered into the unlimited plan so they freely admitted they are throttling me to convince me to switch to their pay-per-drip service ) -- I'm all eyes…

Feb. 25 2014 01:48 PM
Dan from LIC

On The Media dives right into this topic. I'm on the side of Netflix here and think of the cable companions of big evil monopolies. That said, Netflix is less than $10 a month. Totally inexpensive entertainment! I am so surprised when people complain about what Netflix is able to offer. Remember when they hiked the price and everyone jumped ship? Perhaps the only equalled value is a monthly-sustainer membership with WNYC ;).

Feb. 25 2014 10:17 AM

It's not Netflix's fault! The cable companies are throttling stream rates just so that you will get discouraged and dump Netlfix and other online streaming services and go back to cable. This is in retaliation for so many people cutting the cable cord and going direct to streaming content off Netlfix, Hulu, HBO etc... They are freaking out they are loosing so much business.

The problem is... cable access should be thought of as a utility, not something you have to pay above and beyond for just to access. The US is already way slower with their internet speeds than most of europe and we pay much more for our service. The idea that a cable company can determine how fast your internet speed is annoying when watching movies, but is more damaging and dangerous when trying to doing business and have access to educational entities.

Feb. 25 2014 10:16 AM
Julia from Brooklyn

I have a Clear WiFi hotspot that had been streaming Netflix pretty well until last weekend. Has clear been affected as well?

Feb. 25 2014 10:13 AM

So what does this mean for us ex-Netflix internet users? Slower connection to other services like YouTube?

Feb. 25 2014 10:12 AM
Yan from Manhattan

Customers win? You don't think we'll be paying extra for something we already pay for? Where do you find these guests?

We have a conflict of interest here. Internet providers should be treated like a utility and not be able to provide other service so we don't have 4these problems.

Feb. 25 2014 10:11 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I thought we paid our cable company just to deliver broadband content, apparently that's not the case.

Is it just coincidence, now that Netflix has original content that people what to see, cable companies are suddenly holding them hostage?

Feb. 25 2014 10:11 AM

Comcast is already enjoined from throttling. Didn't Netflix just throw their money away? Or is Comcast actually adding capacity to enable better NF?

Feb. 25 2014 10:10 AM
Beatrice from Brooklyn

We cut cable due to the high price and bought an HD antenna for $30. We also have Hulu and Netflix, but as the throttling affects our viewing of that, we're watching more regular TV. Lots of Maverick and Six Million Dollar Man reruns for free.

Feb. 25 2014 10:10 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Just watching the last episodes of "Breaking Bad" on Netflix and loving it. I've never had problems streaming Netflix even when I was still using DSL.

Feb. 25 2014 10:07 AM
Daniel from Brooklyn

I paid for netflix service, but with lowered quality and limited options, I dropped my subscription and turned fully to piracy. I can download high quality video in advance and watch it anywhere.

Feb. 25 2014 10:06 AM


Feb. 25 2014 10:06 AM
MC from Manahattan

Dosen't Netflix use a CDN? they should be caching their streams around the country

Feb. 25 2014 10:06 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Just watching the last episodes of "Breaking Bad" on Netflix and loving it. I've never had problems streaming Netflix even when I was still using DSL.

Feb. 25 2014 10:05 AM
Larry from Williamsburg

I have noticed over the past month that I get messages on Netflix that say "this program is not available for viewing right now" or something like that. Then I click again and it streams normally. This never happened before and I wonder... I have Time Warner.

Feb. 25 2014 10:04 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

This young child you have on the air is very knowledgeable, but shouldn't he/she be in school right now?

Feb. 25 2014 10:04 AM
Yan from Manhattan

Right now you pay an ISP for access to the web and so does Netflix. What his does it makes Netflix pay your ISP (which means you will be paying twice since those costs will be passed on) in addition to it's own main ISP. Comcast claims that it is because so many people are streaming that there is an imbalance between it and Netflix's ISP. They forget one important point - it is their own customers that are requesting that data and paying for that access! Terrible precedent.

This is just a money grab plain and simple and a major reason we need hardened net neutrality laws. It also helps then protect their turf in media. What happens to the next start-up who cannot afford to pay to play? How would they ever go up against intrenched sites?

Feb. 25 2014 10:04 AM
C.E. Connelly from Man

How about HuluPLUS? I have Verizon DSL and my HuluPLUS has been terrible (a loud audio crackle) for the last several months.

Feb. 25 2014 10:04 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Just watching the last episodes of "Breaking Bad" on Netflix and loving it. I've never had problems streaming Netflix even when I was still using DSL.

Feb. 25 2014 10:03 AM

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