Web video providers hit with high cost of quality streaming

06/20/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are said to have paid Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other top broadband operators tens of millions of dollars a year to speed up their connections and improve network access. However, Netflix has attempted to avoid paying such fees, preferring to establish direct connections with broadband networks to ensure better-quality video streaming, sources said. Netflix and broadband operators reportedly are discussing a potential compromise.

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