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posted by mattie_p on Friday February 21 2014, @12:01AM   Printer-friendly
from the stop-clogging-the-pipes dept.

dave562 writes: "There was an interesting article posted on Zero Hedge lately on the throttling of Netflix.

'For years, the Netflix streaming business has been growing like a parasite, happy to piggyback on established broadband infrastructures, where the broadband companies themselves have becomes competitors to Netflix for both distribution and content. Until now. Emboldened by the recent Net Neutrality ruling, which has put bandwidth hogs like Netflix which at last check was responsible for over 30% of all downstream US internet traffic, broadband providers are finally making their move, and in a preliminary salvo whose ultimate compromise will be NFLX paying lots of money, have started to throttle Netflix traffic. The WSJ reports (Paywall) that the war between the broadband-ers and the video streaming company has finally emerged from the "cold" phase and is fully hot.'"

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by ragequit on Friday February 21 2014, @12:11AM

    by ragequit (44) on Friday February 21 2014, @12:11AM (#3894) Journal

    That ol' parasitic netflix. Who probably has an SLA from their up/downstreams. Probably paying Mbux for those. But let's go ahead and blame this on the content providers rather than on the carriers with their publicly funded infrastructure and record profits.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by hemocyanin on Friday February 21 2014, @05:24AM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Friday February 21 2014, @05:24AM (#4100) Journal

    What's really kind of ironic about calling Netflix "parasitic" is that the broadband providers probably have gained a lot of customers because dial up or a crappy DSL just won't cut it for Netflix. In other words, if they kill Netflix, a lot of their current customers won't need broadband.