Streaming Rankings: Where Does Your ISP Rank?

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Internet Service Providers love to tout their amazingly fast Internet speeds (“Blazing fast!” “Lightning speeds!”), but unlike most things in the world, there’s not one great measurement that can tell us just how fast those speeds really are. However, Netflix has always done all Internet customers a great service by frequently posting the streaming rankings showing who’s the fastest ISP for streaming their movies and TV shows.

Since Netflix is the streaming giant, everyone is interested in their streaming rankings, from Cable TV and ISP providers, to other streaming video services, like Amazon and Hulu, and even producers of streaming devices, like Roku and Apple TV.

How important is it for Cable TV companies that provide Internet service to rank high on this streaming rankings list?

Cable TV companies are already bleeding out customers over to cord-cutting services like Sling TV. So the last thing they want is to suddenly get customers calling up and complaining about their Internet speeds because of Netflix’s streaming rankings.

Spring 2016 ISP Streaming Rankings

So let’s talk about the ISPs and their “fast” Internet speeds! The “Netflix ISP Speed Index” measures the prime time Netflix performance of ISPs around the world.

Netflix ISP Streaming Rankings - 3-2016

3 Interesting Notes About Streaming Rankings

Now let’s take a step back and really look at what these numbers mean and how you can take advantage of them.

1. The Giants Aren’t the Best

With Comcast and Time Warner Cable ranking outside of the top five, that means millions upon millions of customers of the two biggest Cable TV providers in the world are dealing with slower Internet speeds. AT&T U-verse, which also has DirecTV under their umbrella, ranks first in total subscribers (26M), but they came in a dismal 10th in this ranking behind tiny

2. Verizon Winning Means You Win

Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse are the two fiber-optic Internet Service Providers on this list. That basically means, they were phone companies that got into the Internet business, as opposed to the Cable TV companies that got into the Internet business, like Comcast, TWC, Charter and Cablevision.

Verizon and AT&T are considered LEKs (local exchange carriers), whereas Comcast, Cox, Charter and Bright House Networks are considered MSOs (multiple-systems operators). Those two groups don’t like each other. The cable companies play well together and the phone companies play well together (they also play well with Satellite TV operators).

With Verizon FiOS at the top, you can now call your ISP and tell them you’re thinking about switching unless they give you a deal you can’t refuse. Unfortunately, you need to make sure Verizon FiOS is available in your area first.

3. Bright House Networks is the Big Winner

Surprisingly, Bright House ranks second among all the ISPs on Netflix’s streaming rankings. Yet, they rank ninth in total subscribers, with about 2 million subscribers (about one-tenth of Comcast’s).

Bright House has a very small (weird) footprint that includes most of Central Florida, Indianapolis, Detroit and Bakersfield, California.

If I were Bright House, which also just happened to be bought by Charter Communications (4M subscribers), I’d be talking about these streaming rankings in every commercial!

Don’t just look at these ISP streaming rankings and shrug them off – use them to your advantage with your ISP and get faster Internet!