Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Netflix Expands its "Open Connect" Delivery Network

Netflix has signed Cablevision as the latest ISP partner on its Open Connect Content Delivery Network, which improves streaming performance by peering at optimal Internet exchanges and/or using Netflix storage appliances in or near the ISP network.

Netflix reported that its Open Connect is now serving the vast majority of Netflix video in Europe, Canada and Latin America.  Announced ISPs participating in Open Connect include Virgin Media, British Telecom, Telmex, Telus, TDC and GVT.

Netflix also announced that Open Connect is now supporting "Super HD", which delivers better picture quality on 1080p HDTVs.

"Optimum is committed to providing the highest-quality TV, phone and Internet to our customers, and our new partnership with Netflix supports this critical objective," said , the most recent major provider to join Open Connect. "With Open Connect, we are establishing a direct local connection with Netflix that delivers a higher-quality Netflix viewing experience for Optimum customers than Verizon or AT&T can provide, including access to new Netflix Super HD and 3D TV shows and movies," stated James L. Dolan, president and CEO of Cablevision.