Netflix To Pay Comcast To Improve Streaming

Deal will allow Netflix to offer "high-quality" streaming after reports of slow connections

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Paul Sakuma / AP

Netflix will pay broadband provider Comcast to improve streaming for its customers, under a multi-year agreement to allow the video-streaming service direct broadband access.

The deal will allow Netflix to improve its streaming speeds, which have been slowing dramatically in recent months for Comcast users due to overwhelming traffic. The companies announced the deal in a joint statement Saturday, but did not disclose the agreement’s details.

The deal comes just 10 days after Comcast agreed to buy Time Warner Cable, which would expand the company’s reach to 33 million customers if the deal is approved by regulators.

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co_user
co_user

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GM To Pay Highway Dept. To Improve Road Conditions For Chevrolets.


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knoxrick
knoxrick

Not good news, here we go again. Comcast is a monster.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

Just a logical issue with this.  If the slow down was due to "overwhelming demand", that's a physical cause.  So what the hell is paying for increased throughput going to do today?  Not a damn thing.

The slowdown was due to Comcast throttling the service because it wants to smoke it's weed from both sides of the pipeline.  Were I Netflix, I'd charge Comcast for carrying their shows like the networks do for their content.

But what needs to really happen, and I hate to sound socialist about it, but the Internet is such a major component of today's world, it can not be left in the hands of a private (and monopolistic, self-interested, greedy) industry.  If the government isn't going to regulate it (force shared usage, any company can access any other company's networks to deliver service, force an end to the monopoly, force real net neutrality to keep costs down to the user, because we all know that Netflix is going to increase prices because of this, which makes those of us who DON'T have Comcast suffer, too), it needs to be nationalized and taken over.  Buy out the shareholders.  Retain the employees.  Fire the bosses.  Run it as a national service (Maybe that way the last 10% of the nation will actually GET IT!)

Given the universally pond-scum level satisfaction levels among cable customers (congress actually rates higher in overall satisfaction than cable companies do), it might be a step up.