VIDEO STREAMING OUTFIT Netflix has reranked which UK internet service providers (ISPs) deliver the best experience for users, and kept Virgin Media in its rock solid first place.
Virgin Media, which offers Netflix to its web and television customers, has an average speed of 3.30Mbps, and BT, which is in second place, delivers 2.96Mbps. There is not much to separate the rest, but Talktalk, which is fifth of the big five, offers 2.59Mbps.
"While there was no significant change at the top of the rankings, Virgin Media in the UK did expand its lead over BT as the [number one] ranked provider," said Netflix in introductory information.
In the US the fastest option is a line from Cablevision, which provides 3.10Mbps. The slowest available option, for those who like to suffer, comes courtesy of Verizon and its DSL service.
Netflix and Verizon do not have the best relationship, and the no-net neutrality company, has a best speed score of 0.91Mbps.
"Among the major ISPs, Cablevision, Cox and Suddenlink continue to lead the index and show steady improvements over the last three months," said Netflix. "Meanwhile Verizon continued its decline."
Traditionally Verizon blames Netflix for its laggard performance, and the two like to trade words over net neutrality.
Netflix lays the blame for slow service at the feet of Verizon, and Verizon throws it right back at Netflix and its customers.
"How the internet works can be complicated, and consumers should be aware of the fact that the integrity of their home internet connection is only a portion of the streaming video quality equation," Verizon said earlier this year.
"If their broadband connection is functioning correctly, the source of their frustration and the content they wish to see may be one in the same." µ