Comcast Claims Netflix Slowed Down Its Own Video Streams

If your Netflix streams have stuttered in the past, you've likely blamed your ISP—but now, Comcast claims that Netflix has slowed down its own video streams.

In a blog post, a Comcast's Jennifer Khoury writes that Netflix knowingly sabotaged its own streams prior to inking a deal with Comcast earlier this year. She says:

As at least one independent commentator has pointed out, it was not Comcast that was creating viewability issues for Netflix customers, it was Netflix's commercial transit decisions that created these issues.


It's a response to complaints from Netflix earlier this week about the way Comcast treated its streams before the two companies joined forces in February. Comcast's comments are based on reports that Netflix sent its traffic to Cogent, a broadband provider, as middleman between Comcast and Netflix. Sadly, Cogent didn't have the capacity to handle all the traffic.

If Comcast's accusation is true, Netflix did that knowingly, to damage its streams—and it's not even really clear exactly why that would have been a good idea. In the process, of course, it would've shortchanged some of its customers. Worth $6 now? [Comcast via Recode]

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