Netflix has always touted itself as a supporter of the open Internet, so its recent announcement and requirements to qualify for Super HD leave many in the Internet access community dumbfounded by its actions.
It wasn’t very long ago that Netflix started a slew of neutrality debates and anti-competitive campaigns that resulted in several government investigations. That spew from Netflix is apparently one-sided.
In an effort to attract free peering and bandwidth from ISPs (Internet Service Providers) Netflix is offering Super HD streams to providers that join their Open Connect peer program. The problem is the program has very strict requirements that only the largest providers can meet.
While peering is great for the Internet as a whole, the hefty requirements to become part of their Open Connect Program and to obtain Super HD streams are out of the question for many smaller ISPs. Customers of smaller Internet providers may have the bandwidth requirements to stream Super HD, but will never see it because Netflix refuses to provide those streams without a peering arrangement.
What’s makes the whole situation worse is that Netflix is advertising Super HD streams to users on their website, and at the same time falsely blaming and portraying that the ISP is the reason for Super HD being unavailable to them.
“Your Internet Provider is not configured for Super HD yet”
We should be very clear that it is not a configuration problem with the ISP. It is Netflix that refuses to peer with smaller providers, and it is Netflix that is refusing to provide the Super HD stream to the user.
Netflix users all pay the same fee to access the service and expect they will be treated equal to other users. This ploy by Netflix to gain bandwidth and last mile access at the expense of ISPs and of their own users is deceitful, we expected better.
DD-WRT now available for the WNDR3700v3. Download the firmware image and load in using the default firmware upgrade page.
Update, August 8, 2012. I found a bug. Enabling QOS caused the router to freeze up periodically. Hopefully new builds get this issue fixed. Though QOS and UPNP have always been buggy under dd-wrt, and best left disabled.
The new movement to rid the web of Flash. Flash is a proprietary predecessor to HTML5, an open Web standard w/ open subsets. HTML5 is the Web and handles web video the way it should be.
“Flash Player is dead. Its time has passed. It’s buggy. It crashes a lot. It requires constant security updates. It doesn’t work on most mobile devices. It’s a fossil, left over from the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology.”
Join the Fight! Uninstall Flash Player.
I’ve been testing CloudFlare and overall I’m very impressed. The key feature they bring to the table is Anycast.
If your site targets a global audience the Anycast feature brings your content to the edge of the internet. For example, If you host your site in the US, a visitor to your site from China will load your site from a CloudFlare server in Hong Kong or Singapore. This creates much lower latency, faster load times, and a much better experience for that visitor.
I read some reviews for CloudFlare saying it didn’t speed up my site or it slowed the site down. I think if you live in the US and host your site in the US, you may not notice much of a difference. Though I would still recommend using it in this situation because CloudFlare has multiple server locations and will in most cases reduce latency and bring your content closer to the user and the ISP. Not to mention the better experience for your visitors around the globe. The key point here being a better experience for your visitors, not necessarily the site owner.
CloudFlare is on point for their Anycast routing and Web Server technology and highly recommended.