Confirmed: Fios is slowing netflix connections


I knew it! Have you experienced the slow-down?
[h=1]Netflix traffic slowing on Verizon FiOS[/h] Summary: A Wall Street Journal story confirms other recent reports that Netflix traffic on FiOS and other ISPs is slowing, as the companies battle over bandwidth costs.

By Larry Seltzer for Between the Lines

A report in the Wall Street Journal states that Netflix traffic on the Verizon FiOS network is slowing. The two companies are in a dispute over who should cover the cost of the considerable bandwidth consumed by the streaming video service. The story confirms other reports from customers recently that Netflix was slower on FiOS than it had been and slower than through non-FiOS connections.

The story provides both anecdotes and traffic performance data supplied by Netflix to show that their performance on major Internet providers has suffered in recent months. FiOS is not alone in the chart; traffic is slowing on Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, and Time Warner Cable as well. Netflix says their average prime-time speeds have declined by 14 percent last month, just as they are rolling out the new season of House of Cards.
The article does not state that Verizon or other ISPs are slowing traffic from Netflix. Rather the dispute is over the cost of providing enhanced service for Netflix to handle their heavy bandwidth needs.
Verizon argues to the WSJ that problems arise when a service puts out far more traffic than it receives, as would be expected of a streaming video service. Netflix recently announced that they have over 44 million members and it is clear that streaming video consumers a large percentage of Internet bandwidth.
Many services, in order to facilitate the best service for customers, contract with Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to bypass public Internet backbone networks in order to get content as close as possible to the "last mile" to the customer. But even the last mile can get congested.

Verizon argues that such services should pay more to the companies that deliver their traffic. Netflix is arguing that ISPs should hook up to Netflix's own CDN without any additional compensation. Both Netflix and ISPs argue to the WSJ over how efficient Netflix is at managing its own traffic.
Netflix acknowledges traffic problems but, according the WSJ, spokesman Joris Evers said that "generally our members are able to watch Netflix, albeit perhaps at a lower quality and with potentially some startup delays at the busiest times of day."


The Fios discussion forum is also rife with complaints of slow Netflix. Many have upgraded their packages only to find their Netflix slowed to a crawl. take a look at this common complaint.

[h=1]Re: Netflix is slow lately on FIOS[/h]

02-24-2014 05:41 AM

Netflix has been working flawlessly for the past 1.5 years and now all of a sudden it barley works. All I have from Verizon is 15/5 and no television or phone. I use our internet occasionally because I'm never home. When I am home, I like to watch 1 or 2 movies or TV shows on Netflix.... Now I can't.

This is blackmail if I've ever seen it. One day everything works well and the next it doesn't work at all. I just switched over to Verizon from Comcast not long ago.

Verizon probably thinks that most people will just give up on Netflix however I think the adverse will happen. People are going to give up on Verizon....."


But seriously...Netflix has confirmed it on their own...that Fios/Verizon is choking their streaming content. Take a look at the chart.



I continue to have Fios/Netflix lag. I sign on through my Xbox usual. A movie will start to play..and it starts to buffer and buffer and play in SD. On my laptop it simply chokes down to SD. Sometimes it starts to stream HD after a while but it still is annoying.


Last night it worked OK. But WHO would want to actually try to call Verizon? You get sucked into customer service polar Vortex.:duh: