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INCREASING NETFLIX TRAFFIC CREATING BOTTLENECKS

February 19, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The growing popularity of Netflix has resulted in a deteriorization of its service, particularly Verizon’s fiber-optic FIOS service, where Netflix claims average speeds during primetime dropped by 14 percent last month due to the inability of providers to handle the traffic load, the Wall Street Journal reported today. The newspaper indicated that Netflix’s service could slow down even further this month as it rolls out a new season of the popular House of Cards. Netflix maintains that the service could be improved if carriers would agree to hook up to its new video distribution network, but it doesn’t want to pay the cable operators for carrying its traffic. The carriers, however, are insisting on compensation. In an interview with the Journal some Netflix customers complained that the current bottleneck has made Netflix streaming unwatchable and, they said, they are considering dropping the service if the quality doesn’t improve.