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Old 02-23-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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Netflix And it Begins? Comcast and Netflix Strike Deal for Faster Streaming

For Netflix users, you would think this would be a good thing. Comcast and Netflix have struck a deal that will allow faster streaming streams of Netflix content through the Broadband giant. Neither would discuss the details of the deal, however, money was definitely involved. This is great for us streamers right? Well, you would think.

However, it’s just the beginning of losing the neutrality that we have been fighting for.

You see, deals are normally struck between service providers to allow better service for all but normally, free. What this does is open the door for similar deals to be had between ISPs and other service providers and, say, websites to make streaming/surfing to their site faster while leaving the smaller, less wealthy sites with poor service.

The companies both emphasized that Netflix will not receive special treatment. Of course they did. However, how can they offer better and faster service to the streaming giant without special treatment? According to Mashable: “The difference between a network-connection arrangement and preferential network treatment is technical but important, particularly within the topic of net neutrality. The deal struck by Netflix and Comcast has to do with a process called “peering,” in which companies physically connect networks together to exchange data. This is distinct from the net-neutrality issue of simply favoring or throttling certain content in an attempt to solicit payment. The difference means Netflix and Comcast can claim to be abiding by net-neutrality rules (or, for right now, conventions) while still creating a system in which content providers pay for better speed.”

So yes, it’s a great thing for Netflix watchers, but in the future can prove to be a really bad thing for the internet and start-ups who don’t have the money to gain that extra “oomph” needed for their viewers.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:31 PM   #2
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Well, hmmm. So those of us without Comcast won't get to stream Netflix at less speeds? Or we will?

The whole preferential treatment and network connection arrangement sounds like a load of crap.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:48 PM   #3
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Well that's where we are headed... You remember the stop SOPA campaign. It's pretty much the same. Our government is trying to implement "Net Neutrality" laws that will prevent preferential treatment right now, but as usual, it's split pretty much down party lines on it plus or minus a few, with Democrats wanting Neutrality rules added so this can't happen, and Republicans not wanting it because, well, business and what not.

Regardless though, they found a way to skirt the current net neutrality anyway, like you know they will.

Right now, your Netflix should be fine. People have been complaining in particular with Comcast and Verizon Fios. Comcast just made a deal to make them faster. Verizon owns Redbox and has been trying to start their own streaming business, so I would imagine a "deal" will be harder to come by with them for Netflix. But... like I said... that's the way it's all gonna go now, with ISPs being able to slow you down on your chosen businesses or streaming services and make their own (or businesses that pay them) real fast so you would rather go there.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:46 AM   #4
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Verizon now expecting a deal from Netflix.

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Old 02-25-2014, 05:04 AM   #5
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Comcast is trying to control as much content as possible to block any future entity of targeting its turf. This is another attempt are creating a blockage because Comcast controls so much of the backhaul business as well. It stopped FIOS on the East Coast from being relevant.

The only way that things will change is when the government wakes up and rescinds the oligopoly protection of the Cable companies. The laws in place do not allow for a head to head battle between say Comcast and Cablevision or Cox. Be prepared for $300 to $400 cable bills in the near future while Comcast continues to stockpile access points for you got it Wireless networks. They currently own almost 50% of the backhaul in the US which allows data to be transferred via the cell towers.

It is only going to get worse.
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Yep, and as much as we yell and scream, so far that hasn't done much. It's done a little though, so maybe we all just need to be louder.

If this Comcast/TWC thing goes through, we are all so very screwed.
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