Friday, August 24th, 2012
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This Must Mean Something: The Netflix Gap

"Barely Half of Americans Can Stream Netflix"

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ejcsanfran (#489)

I thought this was going to be a story drawing parallels between Americans' inability to connect a router to a TV and the old VCR clock stuck flashing on 12:00 trope.

hershmire (#233,671)

The worst part is those "cheap" connection speeds usually have a severely limited up speed (128 kbps or less), which actually reduces your down speed. With TCP-IP, a server won't send you any more data until your router sends back an OK for the data already received. If it takes forever to send that packet, your speed will be reduced.

Combine that with about a 10%-14% normal overhead just for the protocol, and you're well under the required speed to stream Netflix. So pay attention to your up speed when you subscribe!

LondonLee (#922)

I've a feeling this is a "gap" most people don't give a shit about and are perfectly happy just watching television on their television. Or is that just me?

Ellen Tyco (#237,314)

@LondonLee Just you, I'm afraid. Most folks who've experienced the ease and flexibility of using their high-speed internet connection to manage their media consumption habits find the power, flexibility, and control it offers them to be far superior to having to sit in front of a tube whose content and scheduling is controlled entirely by others.

LondonLee (#922)

@Ellen Tyco Actually, right now it's controlled mostly by my kids.

Although we can stream Netflix at home, less than 1/3 of the movies in our queue are available for streaming–that's the other Netflix gap.

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