While John Legere from T-Mobile accused his rivals of throttling Netflix Videos last week, Netflix had made a public confession that it was slowing down its own streams according to a report gotten from Wall Street Journal.
Now for more that 5 Years have the company capped its video streams at around 600 KPS for telecoms all around the world and not excluding AT&T and Verizon so that it could protect their subscribers from running out of their mobile monthly caps.
The reason: Netflix fears customers may stop using its service if streams gobble up too much of their monthly data.
“Verizon delivers video content at the resolution provided by the host service, whether that’s Netflix or any other provider,” a Verizon spokesman told WSJ. AT&T was less thrilled. “We’re outraged to learn that Netflix is apparently throttling video for their AT&T customers without their knowledge or consent,” said Jim Cicconi, the company’s senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs. Netflix is reportedly planning a “mobile data saver” before the year runs out and the aim is to help customers manage video streaming quality and also to keep their mobile data caps all in place without one disturbing one.
Netflix wants to “protect consumers” from mobile data caps
The video streaming giant uses the stance of large telecoms like Comcast and Verizon to label itself as the champion of unfettered and equal access to the internet and a victim of corporations who wish to charge additional money for direct connections to their networks.
The news is that Netflix’s stance on neutrality nay not be as cut and dried as it once seemed though. When last fall T-Mobile included Netflix among those video streaming services it wouldn’t be supporting in its monthly user mobile caps makes things quite rescheduling for the service.
Netflix has said in the past this so-called zero-rating perk is not a net neutrality issue. But Binge On, which caps all non-Wi-Fi streams to 480p, has repeatedly caused issues for T-Mobile, with Legere publicly fighting with the Electronic Frontier Foundation over whether Binge On constitutes throttling. Meanwhile, the FCC may open a federal investigation into zero-rating practices to see if they violate net neutrality principles.