How ISPs slow down video streaming

“Complaints about streaming video services — notably YouTube and Netflix — are repeated again and again in articles and support forums across the Internet,” Jon Brodkin reports for Ars Technica.

“Why does online video have such problems? People may assume there are perfectly innocent causes related to their computers or to the mysterious workings of the Internet. Often, they’re correct,” Brodkin reports. “But cynical types who suspect their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) intentionally degrade streaming video may be right as well. No, your ISP (probably) isn’t sniffing your traffic every time you click a YouTube or Netflix link, ready to throttle your bandwidth. But behind the scenes, in negotiations that almost never become public, the world’s biggest Internet providers and video services argue over how much one network should pay to connect to another.”

Brodkin reports, “When these negotiations fail, users suffer.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. From my experience with Time Warner:
    1) There are Traffic Jam periods during the day. Not their fault.
    2) There are ‘working on the server’ late night slow downs, from Time Warner and the rest of the net.
    3) Gouge-The-User with inflated bills has been the main Time Warner response. Example: They are yet-again attempting their nasty download limit pricing gimmick in western New York State, the same-old-shite they’ve been pulling in Texas. You go past your limit, they GOUGE YOU ROYAL with overage fees. If by chance you don’t like that GOUGE method, they’ve artificially jacked up the monthly fees for everyone else by over 3%, the same gimmick they’ve been pulling on their cable TV victims for decades. 👿

  2. Die Time Warner, die! I hate that company. I’d switch to another ISP in a heartbeat, but there is no other as the town has given TW an exclusive contract, or rather an illegal monopoly in restraint of trade, a practice that ought to be outlawed.

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