Netflix Crowns FiOS the Streaming King
Netflix first published the results of this exercise in January, and cable cleaned up, with Charter Communications Inc. ranked highest, followed by Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), Cox Communications Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) ... and then Verizon, which was scored based on the combined results of its DSL and fiber-based services. (See Netflix Shames ISPs.)
"As promised, we’ve been able to separate AT&T and Verizon FTTx offerings from their DSL offerings," Netflix Director of Content Delivery Ken Florance wrote on the company tech blog. "The chart now gives a fairly complete look at performance on top networks, with additional insight into how different technologies (DSL, Cable, FTTx) impact potential throughput."
Verizon FiOS is now unsurprisingly on top, but it's also got the dubious honor of having the worst-performing DSL service of the pack, according to the latest Netflix ranking:
This is a fun exercise, but does it really mean much? If you were in the market to change or add a broadband service, how important is video streaming performance to your household? What tops your list of factors today? Is it speed? Price? The sweet sound of the sales rep's voice?
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable