Netflix Adds Lower-Quality Streams for Bandwidth-conscious Canadians

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aarcane

I never imagined netflix' streaming quality could get any lower o,.,0

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Caboose

Looks just fine to me. And I watch on a 37" LCD HDTV at 1920x1080p

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anagramsolver

This is about ISP's extorting the content providers into paying them.  The ISP's were not inventive enough to provide anything but a data pipe to their customers over the last decade. So by having ridiculous caps, the Netflixes, on line gaming services, or any form of streamed or downloaded digital content, content providers get screwed.

Look at AT&T's DSL caps now.  The only reason ISP's are capping is to pressure the content providers into paying the ISP ransom money to have users travel the ISP's information highway (aka tubes) to access the content.  The content providers already pay mega bucks to the ISP’s and should not have to pay a usage tax for anyone using the streamed or downloaded content.

 

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Gezzer

Actually up here in the great white north any ADSL I've been able to get for the last 10 years has always been capped.

Even our cable broadband has a cap, but it's a soft cap where you get a "friendly" reminder email that your using too much.

Then again our choices are ADSL from the local Telco or cable, so they have us pretty much over a barrel.

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compro01

They provide plenty, namely TV service and their own video-on-demand services.  For much more than netflix, of course. 

 

Since they won't compete on price, service, or features, they'll use whatever dirty tricks they are permitted to.

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SenTora

I have this feeling that with AT&T getting ready to do datacapping on DSL, that netflix will look to do that same thing here eventually...

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Neufeldt2002

I think I would rather just buy the DVD thanks, that way I get the best picture and no data uasage.

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aarcane

Get the DVDs via Mail from Netflix, and invest $20 USD in a DVD Burner and download the free DVD Decr<Name Censored> from google, and another $20 for dual layer DVDs, and you can get all your netflix and watch them later at your leisure, still with no data usage.

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Caboose

Up here, Netflix only does streaming. We have to use a seperate service (zip.ca) for DVD/Blu-Ray discss

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deadsenator

Well, I like buying DVDs on the used market too, but there is no way I would buy a DVD for every show I watch.  Do this, see what your monthly costs are and let us know how that goes. 

It really depends on the show.  If it's a sitcom, low-grade viewing is ok.  I watched all the seasons of Trailer Park Boys and Saxondale on my phone at the gym on the low-bandwidth feed and it worked well enough.  A movie might be different.  Dialogue driven or visual driven matters, no?  I'd rather have the DVD of the Matrix or something like that.

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Neufeldt2002

We only buy the DVD's for the movies and TV shows that we like to watch. Everything else, cable does just fine. I still think however that it is just a matter of time and Netflix and any other streaming service will be regulated to the same cost as regular broadcasters.

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