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Netflix subscribers have been having speed issues lately because of greedy ISPs. Some have used a VPN for Netflix to maintain appropriate streaming speeds while deals were negotiated. Netflix subscribers are also facing price hikes because of the deals made for content delivery. But despite compliance with additional payments to these ISPs, Netflix subscribers still aren’t getting proper content delivery. ISPs point their fingers at transit providers despite having bought direct network access. The struggle continues, leaving subscribers with no choice but to continue to use a VPN for Netflix.
The Problem with ISP Deals
We know that Netflix and other content providers have been pushed into a corner by ISPs over traffic throttling. They have entered into peering agreements to guarantee better speeds for their subscribers. But Netflix subscribers are still having speed problems with at least one ISP, Verizon. Verizon FiOS customers have complained that they are getting even worse Netflix speeds than before the deal went through.
Both Netflix and Verizon have released speed reports on the issue. They of course present conflicting conclusions. So what is the real problem here? Customers need to know what is really going on. Netflix says that the issue is on Verizon’s side. They informed subscribers that Verizon’s network was congested. And they reported that Verizon FiOS provides the slowest streaming speed among a dozen other ISPs. Verizon maintains that Netflix is the problem. The report highlights that Verizon does not throttle Netflix traffic. They also say that Netflix is slow because Netflix has chosen slow transit providers.
After analyzing the situation, it is clear that the real problem is that Verizon is not prepared to deliver Netflix content. The peering agreement they made with Netflix is supposed to guarantee direct network access to Verizon. This should cut out other transit providers and thus guarantee fast speeds. The problem is Verizon’s infrastructure, which isn’t ready for Netflix traffic despite making the deal.
VPN for Netflix Needed for Suitable Speeds
ISPs and content providers have been pointing fingers for several months now. But the focus should really be on getting the content to subscribers. The deals have been made to deliver heavy traffic like that of Netflix. Yet paying subscribers of both Netflix and Verizon are having to use a VPN for Netflix to be able to stream content properly.
Verizon says that it is not throttling traffic, yet Netflix speeds improve with the use of a VPN for Netflix. To many, this is enough proof that Verizon is trying to hold content providers and consumers by the neck. Sadly, subscribers have to pay again for a VPN for Netflix just to watch their favorite TV shows and movies.