Netflix Speed Index: A List of Best & Worst Internet Services for Netflix Streaming

Netflix just released their Netflix ISP Speed Index for the month of November, 2015. It shows charts of high speed ISPs and compares their average actual streaming speed.

Netflix has been publishing a list of best performing ISP’s for about two years, with updates monthly. The data comes from 69 million Netflix members and is aggregated for 50 countries that are currently being served by Netflix.

I’ve been keeping an eye on these reports since they started two years ago. How have the results changed? Here are some of my takeaways.

Speeds Are Still On The Rise

The graph above shows how average streaming speed on Netflix has changed since November 2013. The trend is unmistakable – things are getting a lot better! Every month, it appears your choice of ISP matters less and less.

The big separation in average speeds we saw back in 2013 has been replaced by something that looks a lot like parity. Which brings us to…

The Field Is Catching Up To Google Fiber

When the ISP Speed Index was first released, Google Fiber unsurprisingly topped the list with an average streaming speed of 3.35 Mbps. Since then they’ve climbed to an even higher 3.87 Mbps. But everyone else is catching up – and quick.

Google Fiber is does not top the list this month. That honor goes to a smaller ISP, Grande Communications in Austin TX. They clocked in at an average streaming speed of 3.90 Mbps.

Verizon Fios has climbed the ladder to 3rd place, at 3.83 Mbps. That’s just a shade below Google Fiber. To put it in perspective, just two years ago Verizon Fios came in at #5 with 2.12 Mbps. That’s quite an improvement.

Midcontinent Communications in Fargo tied Fios for #3. They also came it at 3.83 Mbps. EBP, WOW!, and RCN are the next 3 fastest with speeds of 3.81, 3.79, and 3.78 Mbps, respectively. Cox, Bright House, and Cablevision round out the top 10.

Viasat, Claro Puerto Rico, and Hughes fared the worst in the list, with speeds hovering around 1.7 – 1.8 Mbps.

Below is the Top 25 fastest ISPs for Netflix streaming for November 2015. Find the complete list here.

Any wagers on next month’s champion?

 

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Brett is an entrepreneur and traveler with an interest in broadband and the future of technology. He's been blogging since 2006 and currently lives in Southern California, where he writes about the latest and greatest in tech, cloud computing, travel, apps, and other geeky stuff.

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