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AT&T + iPhone 4S always gives me a good Netflix user experience. I have however never seen a good Netflix experience in Verizon.
@HUMAN NAME, NOT ALIEN Streaming over Verizon 3G works great? I would have to see that one to believe it!
I sure hope so. Many Netflix customers like myself who have cut the cable will only watch content that is on Netflix. So if it isn't on Netflix, getting Netflix money, I am probably not watching it.
We cut the cord and my kids watch a ton of kids programming on Netflix, so I agree with the article.
@jv43 Try having an adult conversation for once. As soon as conversations turn to insults you look like nothing more than a troll. CordCutter and I had a disagreement on another thread, but it was an adult conversation and we never deteriorated the thread like you have here. Please play nice or find another playground to bully.
@CordCutter I agree completely. Tons of streaming coent to watch. @Judy__ has a point that searching for content is not easy on some devices. Also, Netflix pushed Lillyhammer hard on us in their (Boxee) interface. This kind if irritated me that I had to skip over Lillyhammer in order to view any other category. This huge push for Lillyhammer and the fact it didn't to better from a cost/benefit than content not pushed, Breaking Bad, causes me to conclude Lillyhammer a failure.
I wonder if some shipping centers are diagnosing the bad disc/returns better than others. Either that or some USPS shipping centers handle their mail better.
Kale Barton, Comcast has Akamai servers onsite which means subsequent streamings of Netflix viewings "will not travel over the public Internet and is delivered in much the same way as we deliver your video service to your set top box. Your Xbox 360 essentially acts as an additional cable box for your existing cable service." The question is, why doesn't the "As a result, our data usage threshold does not apply." rule apply to Netflix.
@S With all due respect, when considering wireless, as you did, the mode by which data reaches the home is EVERYTHING! In wired scenarios; the cable, GPON, DSL, the provider has direct control over the (over) subscription ratio. In a wireless scenario; the wireless provider has little control over the (over) subscription ratio. When dealing with wireless, the spectrum has a finite amount of bandwidth for each radio at the tower to support the number of subscribers currently in that area. Caps are needed in a wireless network in attempts to ensure reliable service for subscribers. Caps are bad in the wired network (electrons or photons) because it is an arbitrary limit with the sole purpose of squeezing revenues. You will notice, in general, telcos (LECs) will not have caps, while cable and wireless providers will. You will also notice the telco networks are much more reliable as they have a 100 year history of being required to deliver lifeline service. I my case, it is false when you say "DSL with good speed, that's just because you happen to live nearer (in cable feet) to the switches". I get good DSL speeds because my telco built their network with the conscious effort to deliver VDSL to 95% of their coverage area. My phone wires are actually capable of >30Mbps and has been since my house was built in 2003.
FearNo1, RE: Sports for Cable Cutters. 1. Over the air. I use HDHomeRun+Myth 2. Free Legal Streaming, espn3.com, snfallaccess.nbcsports.com, etc 3. Pay for streaming access available for NBA/MLB/NHL 4. PPV is easily available I admit, it is frustrating when you pay $30/mo for NBA League Pass and you can't stream the Video because because it is being broadcast on a regional cable-only Sports network. It is also frustrating that the NFL sells an Internet streaming package for people outside the US but the NFL does not allow (due to TV Contract I assume) streaming within the US. I can get the local team with my over the air setup currently. Netflix is the #1 reason I feel comfortable cutting the cable. I still haven't run out of content to watch =)
@CordCutter We are a cord cutting family of 4, we seem to be doing fine so far. All of our video, voice, data comes over the same DSL connection. The bandwidth is enough to cover 2HD streams and still have the overhead to cover other needs. To get a comparable service from Charter I would have to use a business plan and my bill would go from $40/mo to $80/mo and I would lose my 8 static IPs. If I get to the point where my DSL isn't fast enough I would been to pay Charter over $130/mo to get faster speeds. So no, DSL isn't a joke, Cable is the joke for me as caps dictate that I need a business plan to be an effective cord cutter.
Reed should see if his CDN has servers on the Comcast network. I would think Akamia would have servers on the Comcast network, if so he has an extremely valid argument as the Netflix Media is being locally served also (at no cost to Comcast).
@CordCutter DSL is a joke? Maybe in your area. I have been enjoying 15M/3M DSL for 5 years now, the 5 years before that I was enjoying 7M/1M DSL. Never lived with any caps either.
I find myself spending more hours watching TV series beginning to end than watching movies. I wonder if this represents Netflix viewership of others.
I have no interest in Netflix providing original content. Now I have to skip over Lilyhammer every time I browse for something to watch. I can't wait until Netflix prioritizes their content in the recommendation engine.
I thought everyone knew roaming had the potential to cost a fortune. I guess this is an example of how we just expect Internet to work everywhere and think little about how we get it. Unfortunate and costly education.
Contrary to Gabe having to use the search function.. I have to click over Lilyhammer everytime I want to browse a section other than my Instant Queue. I find it rather bothersome and annoying. I use the BoxeeBox.
the troll, It appears Starz doesn't want hundreds of millions of dollars from Netflix. Not much Netflix can do other than refuse to overpay for Starz.
I don't get the few digs I see on Netflix streaming. It is rock solid, always there, and always high quality for me. I stream on a BoxeeBox, XBox360, WindowsPC, MacOS, and iPhone. All are high quality and rock solid performance. Perhaps my Tier4 ISP is better than yours? As for content availability, I have yet to run out of things to watch on Netflix Streaming. I am not someone who needs to watch what everyone else is watching. Their is a subset of us who will primarly consume content from the pool Netflix offers. If content owners want us to watch their content, sign an agreement with Netflix.
Totally agree on the games. Games don't fit the rental model as well because 1) They Cost more 2) They have a shorter shelf life.
Qwickster, the separation of services, slowing of DVD content acquisition (if valid) all point towards Netflix selling off the DVD business. I think all Netflix customers would agree this is a shame because the DVD and streaming services compliment each other so well, like peanut butter and chocolate.
Netflix would be crazy to abandon the DVD business. They however would be smart to sell it for a truckload of cash so they could focus on streaming.
@Jay DVD by mailing being a priority and being abandoned are two different things. As @Robert Emmerich mentioned most growth is going to be with streaming, not DVD by mail. Therefore, advertising dollars are better spend towards selling streaming services. Now, if Netflix stops buying content on DVD, that would be a sign of abandoning their DVD by mail services. Until that happens, don't panic, enjoy Netflix. Netflix is still largely labeled a DVD by mail company by the public. It can be difficult to change a perception like this. The whole Qwickster rebranding attempt could have been preparations to sell their DVD by mail service or it could have simply been an attempt to distinguish their DVD by mail services from their streaming services (Netflix). In either case, I don't think their is reason for concern if you are a DVD by mail customer, you are paying monthly and can quit at any time, just like always.
@rose Streaming content needs to be renewed by contract, it isn't a buy in once medium like a DVD. This results in increased ongoing content acquisition costs. Blockbuster does not offer a straight streaming all-you-can-eat ala-carte option like Netflix does. They offer a PPV option or a unlimited streaming option for an additional $10/mo tied to your Dish Network subscription. Most people end up paying over $80/mo to get this service from Dish/Blockbuster. Contrary to your sales pitch this is a far cry from the Netflix offering. Furthermore, I tried the Blockbuster streaming during my last month of Dish service before I finally cut the cord. It was terrible! Their selection and quality certainly wasn't up to the Netflix standard, I also couldn't stream directly to my XBox360 or BoxeeBox. Blockbuster required I had a Windows PC running Windows Media Player 11 connected to my network in order to stream to my XBox360, no thanks! It is nice to have options, and Blockbuster is an option, just not appealing to people like me who want to minimize their costs not increases them yet again. Blockbuster is not a bargain.