Why is Netflix so Slow?

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Why is Netflix so Slow?

Netflix is the leading provider in the United States (recently Canada) for online video streaming and DVD/Blue-ray Disc rentals (by mail). Netflix was launched in the internet April 1998 with monthly subscription methods in full swing the following year. The concept of online unlimited movies, TV episodes, and unlimited rentals under a flat rate without the hassles of due dates, late fees, per-title fees and rental shipping fees gave an appealing boost to its market acquiring millions of subscribers.
The astounding increase of Netflix subscriptions in the following years has made it one of the best digital media ventures to date. However, with its increase in popularity comes a growing rise of negative feedbacks.
For the rent by mail service problems stemmed from their queuing methods and the long wait one had to go through for recent movie releases or top pick rentals and slow delivery of Netflix DVD shipment. The explanation for this may simply be, supplies not meeting with growing demands; the unlimited DVD with no due dates can be a hard offer to follow-through with over a hundred million subscribers. It is literally impossible to send DVD’s to millions of subscribers in a day or two at the same time especially if everyone wants the same DVD; some are expected to wait longer than usual.
The Netflix online streaming confronts issues regarding slow movie downloads specifically in Netflix’s instant watch feature, poor video as well as audio quality.
Why Slow? Netflix has not been able to pinpoint the exact reasons but here are some explanations:

* Connection routes provided by slow internet service providers.
* CDN Content Distribution Network used by Netflix itself.
* Discrepancy between the connection’s speed occurring because of different CDNs or different servers at a particular time.
* DSL connections with speeds of 3 Mbps or lower do not work well with Netflix. (Recommended speed is at least 5 Mbps.)
* Issue of: Netflix is throttling online streaming to prevent servers from maxing out and eventually crashing.
* There is no perfect technology, there are drawbacks bound to turn up one way or the other.

Author: M Catarata

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