Netflix and Time Warner To Do Battle Over High Bandwidth Content

Time Warner and Netflix just can’t seem to get along. After butting heads about receiving preferential treatment from the internet service provider so that it can provide “limited” 3D and Ultra HD videos to subscribers, Time Warner are now saying that Netflix is simply dealing an unfair hand–which many Time Warner subscribers may find a tad bit ironic.

Time-Warner-NetflixThe issue is that Netflix wants to use its proprietary Open Connect platform to provide users with high quality video without costing themselves a fortune in bandwidth fees that they are currently charged from various ISPs, Warner included. Netflix decided that paying these fees was not cost-effective, and thus developed their own platform to deliver high-bandwidth video content over the internet.

Time Warner, and others, have decided that the revenue they were earning from Netflix was too good to pass up, so they refused support for the new Open Connect platform and simply continued charging the company for its content delivery. Then at CES Netflix announced that they would be providing “limited” 3D and Super HD content, which raised some eyebrows at Warner, who feel Netflix is trying to take steps to prevent themselves from getting high-bandwidth charges.

If Time Warner did allow 3D and Super HD streaming through its current delivery system, the ISPs network would be crippled and every subscriber would experience immense slowdown in their internet speeds. Netflix and Time Warner are currently working on a solution to their problems, however, that solution will most likely be content delivery through the new platform.

2 Comments

  1. Netflix Criticised For Selective HD And 3D Provisions

    [...] Online streaming giants Netflix have come under fire for their alleged stance on high definition (HD) content, only delivering the higher-quality content (including movies formatted in 3D and ‘Super HD’) to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that are part of their content delivery network, ‘Open Connect’, and refusing HD access for all that refuse to be a part of the system based on private networks. [...]

  2. Dennis
    Dennis January 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Well this answers my question that I have just spent over an hour on the phone with Boos Mobile trying to figure why I can’t get Netflix on WiFi. Maybe!

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