Apparently Netflix decided to pay Comcast’s protection. Comcast must have made an offer they Netflix couldn’t refuse. This does not bode well for innovation in the future. I’m sure the other ISPs will also ask for their pound of flesh as well and they well again start coming for other making moves in this space. I’m looking at you Amazon.
This is why REAL Net Neutrality legislation is absolutely necessary. Scroll down to the link to see the best definition for what Net Neutrality is.
Netflix Agrees to Pay Comcast to End Traffic Jam
Deal Ends Standoff Over Streaming, Would Give Netflix Direct Access to Comcast Systems
By SHALINI RAMACHANDRAN
Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to ensure Netflix movies and television shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers, a landmark agreement that could set a precedent for Netflix’s dealings with other broadband providers, people familiar with the situation said.
Over the last year, Netflix has gone from a mail-order DVD subscription service to a streaming Internet video service. In the companys last quarterly report, it announced that streaming had surpassed DVDs as the preferred method for content delivery and just last month it began offering a streaming-only option in the U.S.Seeing this success, then, it doesnt come as a surprise that Amazon – the worlds largest Internet retailer – is looking to make a subscription-based, streaming-only option of its own to compete with Netflix.
via Amazon Working on Rival to Netflix Streaming-Only Subscription Service.
If all of the content that is available in Amazon VOD is available for the
there their subscription service, THIS WOULD BE MONSTER.
If anyone is at all wondering why Net Neutrality is essential to a free and open Internet I give you exhibit A
Level 3, who recently signed a deal to become the primary provider for streaming Netflix content, was pressured by Comcast to pay a “recurring fee” “to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast’s customers who request such content.” After a few days of negotiating, Level 3 paid the fee, ensuring uninterrupted service for Netflix subscribers.
via Comcast Is Bullying Netflix Partners Into Paying a Toll to Deliver Streaming Video.