The recent announcement by Netflix to phase out third-party CDNs in favor of an open-source software/hardware solution for access networks has generated a lot of speculation in the market. Is Netflix launching its own CDN? Why doesn’t Netflix need CDNs anymore? Is this the beginning of a shift in the relationship between content owners/publishers and the access networks? Although the real reasons for Netflix’s decision is their own, I definitely believe it is multi-faceted (economic and operational), and, more importantly, indicates that we’ve arrived at a tipping point in the digital media space.