Netflix said RCN delivered the highest quality Netflix video streams in the greater Boston region in the second quarter, outperforming a handful of other ISPs that operate in the area. The result also shines the spotlight on one of Netflix’s Open Connect partners.
Netflix, in its first ever Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot, noted in this blog post that RCN delivered average Netflix streams of 2.42 Mbps, ahead of Charter Communications (2.19 Mbps), Verizon FiOS (2.15 Mbps), Comcast (2.13 Mbps), Time Warner Cable (2.05 Mbps), Fairpoint (1.59 Mbps) and Verizon DSL (1.42 Mbps).
Netflix, as it’s done with its previous global rankings of major ISPs, is using these rankings to nudge consumers in the direction of broadband service providers that deliver the best Netflix experience.
“This is useful information for consumers when picking an ISP, especially for those thousands of university students who are moving to Boston before school begins,” Greg Peters, Netflix’s chief streaming and partnerships officer, noted in the blog post. “In Boston, RCN delivers a very impressive connection, offering equal or better quality than fiber to the home.”
What the post did not point out is that RCN is a member of Open Connect, Netflix’s private content delivery network.