RCN is tops for Netflix streaming in Boston

Michelle Clancy | 03-09-2013

The second-quarter ranking of ISPs' Netflix streaming support is out for New England, and RCN in the Greater Boston area tops the list.

"When it comes to getting a great Internet connection in your home, our first Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot clearly shows that a bigger ISP isn't always a better ISP," said Greg Peters, chief streaming and partnerships officer at Netflix. "RCN delivers a very impressive connection, offering equal or better quality than what fibre to the home delivers."
In the second quarter of 2013, the average speeds for Netflix streams on the RCN network outperformed other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) by as much as 70%. Netflix evaluates better picture quality, quicker access to TV shows and movies and reliable playback delivered via the Internet from Netflix, especially during peak viewing hours.
"At RCN our goal is to provide a superior customer experience through a platform that offers cutting-edge technology," said Jeff Carlson, vice president and general manager at RCN. "That includes providing top quality, reliable Internet to our customers at speeds up to 75Mbps. It's great to see Netflix confirm that RCN beats Verizon and Comcast by a big margin."
The Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot is an expansion of the Netflix ISP Speed Index, a website launched in March that ranks large domestic and international ISPs based on Netflix performance. The Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on real world data from Netflix members and an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network. The Regional Snapshots provide much more specific insight for a given market, allowing consumers to compare performance when choosing an ISP.