As FCC Net Neutrality Deadline Approaches, Netflix CEO Accuses Cable Providers of Degrading Services

By: Friday March 21, 2014 8:47 am

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings accuses the ISPs of allocating insufficient bandwidth to Netflix products, “subjecting consumers who pay a lot of money for high-speed Internet to high buffering rates, long wait times and poor video quality.” Once Netflix agrees to pay connection fees, however, he says “sufficient capacity is made available and high quality service for consumers is restored.”

It’s Back: “House of Cards” Season 2 (No Spoilers)

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 5:15 pm

Just like a novel you can’t put down, a great TV show is truly satisfying. When all the stars align in terms of writing, acting, and direction, a strong series presents a wonderful opportunity to get lost in a world. Fiction tends to be most engaging when it reflects and rifts off reality. Perhaps that’s one reason why political dramas are so popular.

Orange Is the New Black: Sharp Dramatic Comedy With a Political Message

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 5:45 pm

Orange is The New Black, the latest Netflix original series, seems to have arrived with a little less fanfare than usual. Perhaps that’s because the last (semi-)original series was Arrested Development, the most awaited television reunion in recent memory. It almost seems like the disappointment of so many fans’ unrealistically high hopes — that AD Season 4 would be the best television event ever in the history of moving images — is carrying over into this new project.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nicco Mele, The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath

By: Sunday May 26, 2013 1:59 pm

Nicco Mele is a man who knows the internet. The webmaster for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004 and the founder of a leading internet strategy firm, his discussion moves between the effect of Twitter on news reporting, Hollywood’s relationship with Netflix and Al Qaeda’s use of YouTube. These are only three of the many examples which make this book so interesting. The big ideas are sustained by engaging anecdotes.

The theme of Mele’s book is the effect of “radical connectivity”, which he describes as “our breathtaking ability to send vast amounts of data instantly, constantly and globally”, thus transforming politics, business and culture.

Broadband Companies Begin March to Usage-Based Billing

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 3:41 pm

Throughout the broadband era, the question has been whether the model should look like television, where you negotiate a flat rate and consumption doesn’t matter, or phone service, with its pay-as-you-go model. It looks like something closer to cell phone service, where you pay for a certain amount of coverage, and then must pay more if you go over it, will end up as the ultimate model. But the potential for monopoly pricing and content discrimination is very high.

Late Night FDL: Negative “Goodwill Equity”

By: Saturday December 17, 2011 8:00 pm

Today however, we have someone like Donald Trump claiming to be worth $7B, with $3B of that being his “brand.” Yeah, that’s right. The guy whose combover has been likened to a dead raccoon claims a worth nearly double the generous estimates provided by Forbes. I guess The Donald must subscribe to the “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” theory since a recent Fox Poll (via Media Matters) showed a Trump endorsement would be received positively by 6% of those polled versus negatively by 31% of those polled.

AT&T Moves to Tiered Pricing for Broadband

By: Thursday March 17, 2011 7:12 pm

It is is a pretty large cap, but it’s clearly designed to profit from high-bandwidth users. There’s nothing inherently wrong with charging bandwidth hogs for their capacity; plenty of businesses charge on such a consumption model. The issue comes when this directly affects the ability of video-streaming sites like Netflix to carry out their business model, because of the cost-prohibitive nature of the service for individual users. Just three hours of HD video on Netflix would wipe out the entire 150GB monthly limit, for example.

Comcast Shaking Down Netflix for Streaming Fees, Violating Principle of Net Neutrality

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 4:40 pm

The news that Level 3, which has just partnered with Netflix on online video delivery, thinks Comcast is charging them for fast service, brings the debate on net neutrality to a whole new level.

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