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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: 2, Interesting) by No Respect on Friday February 21 2014, @01:25AM

    by No Respect (991) on Friday February 21 2014, @01:25AM (#3950)

    Occasionally they pick up on a good story but to me, most of their story submissions are thinly disguised political agendas. I hope Soylent doesn't become an echo chamber for that shithole.

    With that being said, if I already pay for Comcast (which I will be shortly) and I already pay for Netflix (which I won't be doing, see earlier comment), then why in the world would I - or should I - be willing to pay for VPN service on top of all that?

    From what I've heard about Comcast I wouldn't be surprised if they're buying up VPN services and using them to extract additional fees from their broadband internet customers just for the "privilege" of being allowed to view Netflix.

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by linsane on Friday February 21 2014, @07:23AM

    by linsane (633) on Friday February 21 2014, @07:23AM (#4147)

    Cesspool, yes I would agree. Worthless? Absolutely not. At the very least it can be quite funny to drop by and have a look at the rants, but more importantly for SN it shows what can go so horribly wrong if the comment moderation system on a site is horribly broken or just plain absent...