Major internet providers slowing traffic speeds for thousands across US

In Atlanta, for example, Comcast provided hourly median download speeds over a CDN called GTT of 21.4 megabits per second at 7pm throughout the month of May. AT&T provided speeds over the same network of ⅕ of a megabit per second. When a network sends more than twice the traffic it receives, that network is required by AT&T to pay for the privilege. When quizzed about slow speeds on GTT, AT&T told Ars Technica earlier this year that it wouldn’t upgrade capacity to a CDN that saw that much outgoing traffic until it saw some money from that network (as distinct from the money it sees from consumers).

Source: Major internet providers slowing traffic speeds for thousands across US | Technology | The Guardian

Internet TV Startup Aereo Could Help Cord-Cutting Catch On

Aereo began a year ago in New York City and is now expanding into 22 markets. It is going after the growing contingent of TV “cord-cutters” who would rather watch on-demand content online than pay for cable or satellite packages. Aereo charges a minimum of $8 a month for a subscription.

via Internet TV Startup Aereo Could Help Cord-Cutting Catch On | MIT Technology Review.

The interesting thing about this idea is that they somehow figured out how to associate a single antenna to each subscriber.   Content delivery networks, which this seems to be, are difficult to implement on a large scale.

Icahn: Netflix Sale Has ‘Crossed Our Minds’

He also thinks “nobody has a better platform than Netflix” to take advantage of a trend that is seeing consumers view more and more video via Internet-connected TVs, tablets and smartphones. Icahn believes Netflix should place less emphasis on older library content and spend a lot more developing original programming to help it compete with premium subscription services such as HBO.

via Light Reading Cable – IP & Convergence – Icahn: Netflix Sale Has ‘Crossed Our Minds’ – Telecom News Analysis.

YouTube Flags Democrats’ Convention Video on Copyright Grounds

On Wednesday morning, a campaign spokesman confirmed there was a “technical error on YouTube that inadvertently triggered a copyright message at the end of the live stream Tuesday night,” adding “We do not expect tonight’s coverage will be affected.”

After this story was published, the video was subsequently marked “private.”

via YouTube Flags Democrats’ Convention Video on Copyright Grounds | Threat Level | Wired.com.

Hugo Awards: An apology and explanation

Our editorial team and content monitors almost immediately noticed a flood of livid Twitter messages about the ban and attempted to restore the broadcast. Unfortunately, we were not able to lift the ban before the broadcast ended. We had many unhappy viewers as a result, and for that I am truly sorry.

via Hugo Awards: An apology and explanation | The Ustream Blog.

Google and Netflix Make Land Grab On Edge Of Internet

Many of these deals are secret, but Deepfield Networks knows of about 40 companies that are setting up their own content delivery networks with service providers, according to Craig Labovitz. But he’s bound by non-disclosure agreements, and can’t name names.

via Google and Netflix Make Land Grab On Edge Of Internet | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com.

Andy Ellis, a chief security officer with Akamai, agrees. Yes, companies have been moving to cache their content locally with ISPs, but there are still plenty of services — security and analytics, for example — that Akami can sell them. “I don’t think we’re yet seeing a land rush into the ISPs,” he says. “I think you have to be really really big to be interesting enough to the ISPs.”

Of course, five years ago, did anyone really think that Netflix would be responsible for 20 percent of U.S. Internet traffic? Back then, they were just the guys who mailed you CDs.