How long until Netflix streaming customers have to keep one eye on the bandwidth meter while they're watching a movie?
Netflix just rolled out a new streaming system in Canada to help its customers deal with bandwidth consumption, as caps and overage charges are more common there than they are in the States.
Sooner or later, that could be an issue here, too, as Internet providers eventually hope to move to a consumption-based billing model. Especially as streaming video services like Netflix increasingly compete with the cable and telecom companies' cash-cow TV services.
Netflix, as usual, seems to have done a nice job implementing the system and explaining it. Each Netflix Canada account can now manage "video quality" settings, with a "good, better, best" model. Netflix product boss Neil Hunt also included technical details about the streams for those who want it.
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