Netflix Releases Latest ISP Speed Rankings

By: Chris Crum - August 12, 2014

Netflix just released its new ISP Speed Index data for the month of July. Last month, they added some icons to the U.S. graph to “increase transparency” about the type of technology used by an ISP. This month, they’ve added them to 12 other countries, including Canada and Mexico.

Things aren’t looking great in terms of ISP speeds here in the U.S., as usual. The country ranked 13th out of the 20 countries Netflix assesses, with average speed of 2.23 Mbps. That’s compared to 3.61 Mbps for the Netherlands, which comes in first place. Norway, Denmark, and Sweden all had average speeds over 2 Mbps. Costa Rica, on the other hand, came in last with 1.48 Mbps. Netflix notes, however, that it has steadily improved performance since it began tracking it.

Cablevision, Cox, and Suddenlink lead ISPs in the U.S. as usual. Most of the list looks pretty much like the previous month’s, though Clearwire and AT&T – U-Verse have switched places at 13 and 14 respectively .

“The Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on data from the more than 50 million Netflix members worldwide who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix each month,” Netflix explains. “The listed speeds reflect the average performance during prime time of all Netflix streams on each ISP’s network and are an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network. A faster network generally means a better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions.”

It adds, “Note: The average performance is below the peak performance due to many factors including the variety of encodes Netflix uses to deliver the TV shows and movies as well as the variety of devices members use and home network conditions. These factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs.”

You can see Canada’s list here.

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  • will

    This chart is pointless it doesn’t matter what netflix is getting with internet providers it matters about what your getting and the people around you if there only 1 service around you then everyone in the neighbor hood is going to be on it and it will make you slower no matter what service you have.Example my parents have verizon fios which i would get about 10mps I moved and got twc 15mps plan and only getting about 3mps.I could always call and have them speed up my internet which i doubt it would help but its like talking to a 3yr when calling them they can’t even understand english. plus there are also different plans that they have and it does’t state which plan there basing this off of. If you get basic version fios and business class twc then of course its going to be faster

  • Popo Signs

    is anyone surprised to see that crap company Verizon in last place? Nope. FCC DO SOMETHING

  • Duhzeez

    I have AT&T and it is the worst. How verizon ranked lower is amazing. AT&T took around 300 billion dollars from the government so they could get fiber optic to EVERYONE they service, and that was during the Clinton administration. Needless to say I haven’t seen them even try to get it to me yet.

    • What

      300 billion… LOL; where did you get this info?

  • Yomomma

    I called Verizon and they play dumb when you ask about Netflix speed.

  • David Eckard

    Wanna bet Verizon movies on demand work perfectly well?

  • David Eckard

    Where is Google Fiber?

  • Dean Zurski

    Doesn’t matter to me either. I actually have to slow mine down because my Cable Company’s Internet charges me more $$$ if I go over a certain amount of gigs; 250. So…if I watch 3 hours a day @ 7 gigs per hour at their regular speed I would use over 400 gigs per month. My Internet company only allows me 250 gig of streaming per month. That extra 150 gigs would cost me $25. I have to cut Netflix’s speed down to .3 gigs per hour.

  • waltc4

    OK, so my US ISP Cogent, through which I get Netflix SuperHD, isn’t listed–has never been listed, in fact. My current average connection speed is ~50Mb/s up & down–I’m connected to fiber about 75-feet away through an EWAN. By Netflix’ own numbers, anyone receiving SuperHD has to be capable of ~15Mb/s down. Lots of people besides me are receiving SuperHD–but not a single one of the ISP speeds listed above could handle SuperHD–not even close.

    How can this be explained? I love Netflix, but these numbers look completely bogus, manufactured, and self-serving to me.