Netflix Now Pays Time Warner Cable for Faster Internet, Too
Netflix has made yet another deal with a major US ISP for faster streaming services. Time Warner Cable joined the ranks of Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, having formed an agreement with the video streaming service this past June, according to GigaOm.
Though Time Warner Cable and Netflix made their pact earlier this summer, it’s just beginning to affect the cable company’s Netflix-viewing subscribers this month.
This latest ISP/Netflix deal flies in the face of the streaming video service’s initial plan to work with ISPs through their personal network, Open Connect. To help free up traffic caused by streaming on Netflix, ISPs have the option to hook up to Open Connect free of charge, putting Netflix caching boxes in their respective networks. ISPs that do so include Virgin, Cablevision, Google Fiber, British Telecom, and others.
However, companies like Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and now Time Warner Cable believe Netflix should pay for its excess web traffic. For Verizon, this resulted in a spat wherein the streaming service directly blamed the ISP for customers’ delayed video watching. Netflix was asked to cease and desist by the ISP, which it did.
The deals between ISPs and Netflix are currently under scrutiny by the FCC.Tags: at&t, Comcast, FCC, ISPs, Netflix, open connect, streaming, Time Warner Cable, verizon