Streaming video buzz dominates today's cable news roundup, including a move from Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) to help Canadian Web surfers stay below data usage caps.
In response to by-the-byte billing policies and monthly consumption caps used by Canada ISPs, Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) has introduced a feature that lets customers there adjust their video streaming quality settings, a move, the company claims, that will lower data usage by two-thirds on average. The changes, explained in this blog post, allow Canadian subs to toggle between "Good" quality (0.3 Gbytes/hour); "Better" (0.7GB/ hour); and Best (1.0 GB to 2.3 GB per hour, for select Netflix titles offered at HD quality). Netflix estimates that "Good," now the default setting, will let customers watch 30 hours of streaming in a month while consuming just 9GB of data, "well below most caps."
Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is looking to make its mark in the streaming music business with the launch of Cloud Player, which allows users to upload music to Amazon servers and access songs through the Web or smartphones running Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android platform.
UPC Polska is keeping the Docsis 3.0 pedal to the metal, and now offers its 50Mbit/s and 120Mbit/s tiers to more than 1.3 million homes in Poland after launching them in Szczecin. The operator estimates that 75 percent of its network has been upgraded to D3.
— Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable