Netflix announces super HD for all ISPs


Netflix has announced that they’ll no longer require that ISPs join Netflix’s Open Connect Content Delivery Network if they want to offer subscribers “Super HD” and 3D video streams. This follows Netflix’s announcement back in January that they would offer HD streams for ISPs using their CDN.

This blog post shows Netfix’s decision and outlines what is in store for the average Netflix user.

“Based on the performance data we’ve seen, and in response to member requests, we are now expanding availability to give all our members the ability to enjoy Netflix in the best possible quality,” said Netflix’s Joris Evers.

Netflix’s past policies have caused many ISPs to criticize its CDN policy for withholding content from companies not willing to become CDN partners.

“While they call it ‘Open Connect,’ Netflix is actually closing off access to some of its content while seeking unprecedented preferential treatment from ISPs,” Time Warner Cable complained back in January. “We believe it is wrong for Netflix to withhold any content formats from our subscribers and the subscribers of many other ISPs,” said the company. Time Warner Cable would prefer you ignore they have a rather rich history doing just that sort of thing.

Super HD Streams require:

  • At least 5 Mbps of bandwidth, though the highest quality is obtained at 7 Mbps.
  • 3D streams need at least 6 Mbps of bandwidth, with the highest quality needing 12 Mbps.
  • The company also recently stated they’d be offering 4K video streams in 2014 that will require at least 15 Mbps of throughput.
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