Netflix users on Comcast have seen significant speed increases after the companies’ February deal

Netflix users on Comcast have seen significant speed increases after the companies’ February dealIn a report released on Monday, Netflix Inc. has revealed that the streaming speeds for its users on the Comcast network have witnessed a significant increase. The improved performance is essentially a result of Netflix's recent deal which has given Netflix a more direct connection to the Comcast network.

Netflix has revealed in the report - titled 'the Netflix ISP Speed Index,' released for March - that the speeds at which its videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service marks the highest streaming speeds in 17 months.

With the Index showing which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best Netflix streaming experience during primetime, Netflix said that the average speed on Comcast for Netflix streams have increased a whopping 65 percent --- from 1.51Mbps in January to 2.5Mbps in March.

Netflix - which first started tracking the streaming speeds of ISPs in November 2012 - has also revealed in the report that the March performance also bettered the previous monthly high of 2.17 megabits per second which Netflix had recorded on Comcast. Thanks to the higher streaming speeds, Netflix users can watch higher-quality video with fewer disruptions in the picture.

The noteworthy increase in Netflix's average streaming speeds on Comcast is largely a result of a deal which Netflix and Comcast signed in February. Under the deal, Netflix is paying Comcast for using its content-delivery network (CDN) instead of using third parties and Open Connect, Netflix's CDN initiative.

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