Netflix launched, a couple of days ago the, their ISP Speed Index with data from eight countries and some history going back to November of last year.
“The Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on data from the more than 33 million Netflix members who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix per month. The listed speeds reflect the average performance of all Netflix streams on each ISP’s network and are an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network.”
The UK as a whole in February across the six ISP’s they calculate has an average speed of 2.07 Mbps. This makes us sixth overall and fifth of the six European countries.
As it develops it will make for an interesting comparison say with Ofcom’s European Broadband Scorecard pdf when speeds across Europe are forthcoming.
As far as the UK ISP’s are concerned there is little crossover —- yet. We are sure this is not too far away!
The US ISP’s include the Google Fiber project which, of course has very impressive speeds but availability is somewhat limited at present to parts of Kansas City! It will also be fascinating to see how the project develops and whether it crosses the Atlantic at some stage – we’re sure it will but are not sure in which decade this might be!
The Netflix health warning is as follows:
“These ratings reflect the average performance of all Netflix streams on each ISPs network. The average is well below the peak performance due to many factors including the variety of encodes we use to deliver the TV shows and movies we carry as well as home Wi-Fi and the variety of devices our members use. Those factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs, so these relative rankings are a good indicator of the consistent performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network.”
We are very impressed. We really like these sort of REAL figures and will attempt to report back regularly after their monthly publication.