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Netflix Says It Throttles Video on AT&T and Verizon

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Mar 24, 2016, 6:35 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Netflix today said that it has limited its video speeds on most carriers worldwide for years, including AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the U.S. The issue came to light when T-Mobile accused AT&T and Verizon of throttling Netflix. Mobile video practices have been under a microscope since the December launch of T-Mobile's Binge On program, which zero-rates the video content from some providers. Netflix admitted that it is throttling its own service on purpose to about 600Kbps to "protect consumers from exceeding mobile data caps." Netflix says it has throttled video speeds for as long as five years, but leaves video streamed by Sprint and T-Mobile customers alone due to those carriers' less onerous policies. Netflix, which claims to be a proponent of net neutrality, says it is exploring new ways to stream video in such a way that it consumes less data. AT&T and Verizon were not pleased with the revelation. "We're outraged to learn that Netflix is apparently throttling video for their AT&T customers without their knowledge or consent," said AT&T.

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Mar 25, 2016, 2:13 AM

Is it still considered high def?

If it is, and I suspect it is, then what is the problem?
The amount of data needed to achieve high def on a 6.3 inch screen (and smaller) has to be considerably less than the amount of data needed to achieve high def on a monitor or television. So why would you need full speeds on both?
Obviously they should have made the information public sooner, but it hurt literally no one while helping others that may or may not even realize it ever.

TL;DR: No one noticed for years until Netflix said something, so who cares?
The screen size is irrelevant until the data arrives at the device and translates it to the screen. The amount of data is the same.
>>The amount of data needed to achieve high def on a 6.3 inch screen (and smaller) has to be considerably less than the amount of data needed to achieve high def on a monitor or television.

High DEF is high DEF. A 1080p video is the same size no m...

Mar 24, 2016, 10:35 PM

Netflix Is for Home

Until mobile networks can provide truly unlimited Internet, services like Netflix are best enjoyed at home, hooked to a wired connection.
Yeah, but the problem is now home WiFi providers are implementing data caps too. My Comcast Xfinity home WiFi has a data cap of 300GB. I chose them over AT&T U-Verse because it had a data cap of 250GB. I cannot fault Netflix for what they are doing be...

Mar 25, 2016, 6:10 AM

Oh Well...

AT&T and VZ will eventually get upset because they make their business on overages.

Mar 24, 2016, 8:22 PM

This makes no sence

As soon as last year, I left my Netflix account set on HD play back. And blew through my data allotment from VZW. Log back into my Netflix account via a PC, set play back quality to medium and no more problems blowing through my data allotment.
So if Netflix has been down grading play back on VZW & ATT for the last 5 years. How does it explain my experience?
Short answer, it could have been worse
Your experience is like many (unique in it's own way), you sought and selected a higher quality video stream to be delivered over the entire account. Most people however, leave the quality at AUTO which means Netflix selects, based on the technology a...
bones boy

Mar 24, 2016, 8:03 PM


AT&T is unhappy about throttling? That is called IRONY
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