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Netflix streaming speeds see major boost after Comcast payouts


Surprise! Paying off Comcast does have its benefits. Less than two months after coming to a peering arrangement with Comcast where it agreed to make regular payments to the cable giant to ensure high-quality streaming for its customers, Netflix reported that average streaming speeds have surged by 65% on Comcast’s network. In fact, the increase in streaming speeds was so large that Comcast jumped ahead a full six spots in Netflix’s rankings of Internet service providers and now is the fifth-fastest ISP for Netflix streaming in the United States with an average speed of 2.5Mbps. Streaming quality on Comcast first began tanking last fall, when Comcast started asking Netflix to chip in money to help it deal with heavy traffic loads. Netflix reluctantly agreed to

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