Friday, 6 June 2014

Netflix, Verizon dispute goes public amid Orange is the New Black debut


Spoiler Entitlement

As Netflix debuts the hotly anticipated second season of Orange is the New Black, the site's dispute with Verizon Communications over streaming speeds is getting more heated.

Verizon, the fourth-largest internet service provider in the U.S., has sent a "cease and desist" letter to Netflix, telling the streaming giant to stop blaming it for slow speeds.

On Tuesday, Netflix customer and Vox Media designer Yuri Victor tweeted a screenshot of his Netflix player, which showed the message "The Verizon network is crowded right now. Adjusting video for smoother playback." Other users have reported seeing the same message, while some AT&T customers have seen similar messages.

It's the latest in a bout of technological and verbal sparring between Netflix and U.S. internet service providers like Verizon.

Netflix's streaming service accounts for a third of all North American internet traffic during peak evening hours, according to Canadian networking services company Sandvine Inc.

Companies like Comcast and Verizon are asking Netflix to pay them extra. Netflix says their streaming data should be treated the same as any other content provider's.

In a blog post posted in March, CEO Reed Hastings wrote, "When an ISP sells a consumer a 10 or 50 megabits-per-second internet package, the consumer should get that rate, no matter where the data is coming from."

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