Why Is Netflix So Slow Lately?
- Added traffic demand from Netflix offering Super HD quality to all customers
- Behind the scenes wrangling over who will pick up the tab for the new traffic
- "Peering" problems - internet providers often swap traffic ("peering") to handle those peak periods of internet use. But streaming video has "upset the balance" that they've struck in the past. The question becomes: Who foots the bill for these extra users?
Sooooo, in a word: money.
I wouldn't be surprised if we see internet service providers start coming up with ways to charge for data usage. It might be similar to phone carriers -- and remember that companies like Verizon offer both internet AND phone plans, so it may not be much of a stretch to implement such a strategy.