Netflix is releasing new ISP rankings based on how well they stream Netflix, and it should surprise nobody that Google Fiber is the winner.
Starting today, the movie and TV show streaming and rental service will compile a list of the best performance across all of its streams. Over 30 million members stream more than one billion hours of content a month, so the company can compile a fairly accurate view of an ISP.
Unsurprisingly, Google’s $70 per month fiber service, with an average speed for a Netflix stream of 2.55Mbps, can’t be beaten. Verizon’s FIOS comes second, with 2.19Mbps, followed by Comcast and Charter, both of which offer 2.17Mbps. Cablevision follows with 2.15Mbps.
At the bottom of the table come T-Mobile with 0.64Mbps, Sprint with 0.56Mbps and AT&T Mobile with a paltry 0.48Mbps.
In July, the FCC released a report saying that US ISPs are now being much more truthful about the broadband speeds that they’re delivering. On average, it said, they’re hitting 96 percent of advertised rates, with fiber services actually delivering higher speeds than promised.
Netflix points out that the average Mbps speeds listed are well below the peak performance of the respective ISP, which is due to a variety of factors like WiFi, different devices and routers, and a variety of encodes. However, this should still give you a good idea on how well each ISP handles video streaming.
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