Netflix Reportedly Makes Comcast-Like Deal With VerizonBy: Chris Crum - April 29, 2014
Netflix has reportedly reached a new deal with Verizon for access to its network so it can provide a higher quality streaming experience to its customers. This is similar to a highly publicized deal Netflix recently made with Comcast.
There doesn’t appear to be an official announcement on the new deal from Netflix yet, but The Verge shares this statement from the company for confirmation:
We have reached an interconnect arrangement with Verizon that we hope will improve performance for our joint customers over the coming months.
Details of the agreement are unknown.
Here’s what Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had to say about the Comcast deal.
These deals come as Netflix and Comcast have been engaged in a very public war of words, and a controversial new stance from the FCC on net neutrality. Netflix opposes Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner, and has been regularly voicing this stance in various media. Comcast has put out multiple statements saying Netflix’s opposition is based on inaccuracies.
There were reports earlier this year saying that Verizon was slowing Netflix down on purpose, though Verizon denied this, saying:
We treat all traffic equally, and that has not changed. Many factors can affect the speed of a customer’s experience for a specific site, including that site’s servers, the way the traffic is routed over the Internet and other considerations.
Netflix, Verizon, and Comcast will all have presences at the sixth annual Content Delivery Summit in New York on May 12th. You can see the full topic list here.
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