How do Canadian ISPs stack up against the U.S.? Netflix has the answer

Canada’s version of Netflix has been marred by poor selection and accusations that Canadian Internet service providers like Rogers and Bell are doing their best to cripple the service. What the argument really needed was some hard data, and yesterday we finally got it: Netflix released information it claims shows how different ISPs—in the U.S. and Canada—are interfering with its traffic to customers, or not. Surprisingly, it turns out that Canada’s ISPs don’t do badly by Netflix’s metrics.

From Netflix’s technology blog:

Netflix streaming performance ends up being an interesting way to measure sustained throughput available from a given ISP over time, and therefore the quality of Netflix streaming that ISP is providing to our subscribers. Obviously, this can vary by network technology (e.g. DSL, Cable), region, etc., but it’s a great high-level view of Netflix performance across a large number of individual streaming sessions.

In the metric below, we’re filtering for titles that have HD streams available, and for devices capable of playing HD streams (which also filters out mobile networks), to highlight what’s achievable in terms of HD performance on the various ISP networks. As you can see, Charter is in the lead for US streams with an impressive 2667 kilobits per second average over the period. Rogers leads in Canada with a whopping 3020 kbps average.

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