Netflix Video Throttled on AT&T and Verizon

Netflix on Mobile

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Netflix, not AT&T and Verizon, is responsible for throttling video streamed through those two mobile networks. The revelation comes on the heels of accusations made by T-Mobile’s John Legere, claiming that his two larger rivals were delivering lower quality Netflix content to their customers.

Netflix has admitted to capping its mobile streams at 600 kbps on these networks, saying it does so to protect users from exceeding the allotted data buckets on their monthly plans. For the sake of comparison, two hours of full HD video could use up to 6 GB of data, depending on the specific content.

Netflix says it doesn’t throttle streams on either Sprint or T-Mobile, stating that “historically those two companies have had more consumer-friendly policies.”

Over broadband and WiFi Netflix alone takes up 37% of all downstream traffic. On mobile networks it’s a different story; probably because its longform content is not well-suited to smaller screens Netflix is responsible for only 3.4% of downstream traffic, well behind YouTube at 20%.

Nonetheless, both AT&T and Verizon are outraged that their customers are getting a subpar video experience. Some consultant dude is quoted as saying it’s a smart move for Netflix; I believe it should be up to user to make their own decisions about quality of service vs. data throughput.

You can read the whole story at the link directly below. And remember, to defeat the WSJ’s paywall just follow these easy steps: (1) select the article title, (2) right click to search the selected text in Google, (3) click on the same article title in the search results, (4) profit!

Source: Wall Street Journal

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