Major ISPs stream Netflix quicker then ever in December 2014

DetailsEditor | 13 January 2015

Despite the continued rows about alleged bandwidth throttling, the latest Netflix ISP Speed Index has revealed that major ISPs, especially those in the US, are streaming the SVOD service quicker than ever.

netflixISPindexDec14The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on a particular ISP and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that may travel across the specific ISP network. Faster Netflix performance generally means better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions.

December is historically Netflix's heaviest viewing month, with 28 December being the largest streaming day of the year. Yet despite this spike in traffic, the company says that it saw increases in average speeds across the largest ISPs, with the FiOS service from former sparring partner Verizon. topping the list at 3.36 Mbps. Cablevision ran in a close second at 3.32 Mbps, Bright House just behind at 3.30 Mbps. In November the same companies reported average speeds of 3.27 Mbps, 3.20 Mbps and 3.16 Mbps respectively. Time Warner Cable posted the largest gain, jumping three spots to sixth place with average speed of 3.18 Mbps, up from 2.97 Mbps in November.

In other countries, Mexico's Totalplay debuted the index in December 2014 and posted an average speed of 3.53 Mbps. Axtel X-tremo slipped to second place even while increasing their average speed to 3.44 Mbps from 3.36 Mbps last month. In Sweden, Bredband2 jumped from fifth to third with average speeds of 3.80 Mbps, up from 3.65 Mbps in November