Time Warner Accuses Netflix of Unfairly Withholding Super HD and 3D Content

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Time Warner Cable has called foul on Netflix for limiting its best streams to those customers whose ISPs opt into the OpenConnect bandwidth management system, which creates a direct pipe between Netflix and those ISPs. Open Connect allows Netflix’s data to enter the ISP’s backbones at the ideal points, allowing for more efficient use of available tubes to transport online video. Even though Time Warner is currently in talks to hop onto the Open Connect bandwagon, it contends that it’s not necessary for delivery of higher-bandwidth streaming content:

“While they call it ‘Open Connect,’ Netflix is actually closing off access to some of its content while seeking unprecedented preferential treatment from ISPs. We believe it is wrong for Netflix to withhold any content formats from our subscribers and the subscribers of many other ISPs. Time Warner Cable’s network is more than capable of delivering this content to Netflix subscribers today.”

I dunno, I’ve heard different stories from my friends and relatives who are, or were, TWC customers. While I’m sure that some areas may be fine, others are not, and I seriously doubt that Netflix wants to field the tech support calls when they can’t sustain  3D streams, and by inserting their routing tech into the system, they’ll serve a lot more customers more reliably.  Of course, what isn’t so public is that Netflix apparently bypasses a lot of third party pipes this way, saving carriage fees in the process. However this comes out, it’s nice to see an ISP begging for more high-bandwidth video content, instead of pooping in the streaming punch bowl for once. Viva la cooperation! Via:[Multichannel News]

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