Netflix ranks Google Fiber as best ISP for streaming video, TV
By Jay Keller
Google Fiber, an ISP network only available to households living in both Kansas and Missouri, has the fastest bitrate in the West (and beyond), according to a new Netflix survey published on Monday.
The newly-launched survey ranks which internet service providers are the fastest in terms of streaming TV shows and movies through all devices.
Netflix says the index serves as an industry-wide measure of how streaming multimedia performs across all users on an ISP network in the U.S., Mexico, U.K., Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
Ranking atop the list in February was Google Fiber at 3.35 Mbps, offering the highest average Netflix streaming bitrate anywhere the subscription service is available over the past four months.
Cox, with an overall ranking of fourth place, climbed five notches in the rankings from January, where its 1.96 Mbps average landed the ISP in ninth place.
Verizon FIOS has held steady at fifth place for the past two month and while the service has gotten faster on average, the service has slipped from its number-two ranking in Nov. 2012.
After Google Fiber, Sweden’s Ownit delivers the highest average Netflix bitrate at 2.99 Mbps of the eight countries surveyed.
At launch, the “ Netflix ISP Speed Index ” includes data gathered from the world’s leading Internet television network on a monthly basis dating back to November 2012.
While the rankings only apply to how each ISP provides the best Netflix experience, the index is based on data gathered from at least 33 million members who watch around one billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming per month in 40 countries.
Netflix notes that “average performance” indicated in the survey is measured by a variety of “encodes Netflix uses to deliver” streaming service to a variety of devices and conditions of each home network.
The average bitrate performance bandwidth comes in below the peak performance many ISPs report but that these factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs, Netflix says.