7/17/2011 – According to many ISP 1 visitor reports the NetFlix streaming video service is experiencing major outages today. This was confirmed on downrightnow.com , a popular online service monitoring site.
The most common complaint from users of the NetFlix service is excessive buffering of the video. This is normally caused by a slow broadband Internet connection.
Go to http://speedtest.net and check your Internet speed. If it is 1.5 Mbps or slower you’ll have a problem with Netflix. I would recommend a minimum of 3 Mbps and preferably 10 Mbps or higher for smoother Netflix HD video. In any case if the speed is not what you’re paying for call your Internet provider and threaten to switch providers unless they resolve your problems.
Streaming video such as YouTube and Netflix require fast broadband Internet connections. DSL is generally the cheapest and slowest mainstream high speed Internet type.
The FCC currently defines broadband Internet as a connection that is faster than 4 Mbps. Many DSL plans are not this fast. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband_Internet_access
Cable Internet is generally faster than DSL, however a bit more expensive. DSL delivered over fiber optic such as Verizon FiOS and At&t U-Verse are also much faster than traditional DSL over copper phone lines.
A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area, and what levels of service they offer in that location.
For instance the fiber DSL Internet options might be better in one part of the city, and cable Internet options better in another.
Input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in you area.
The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can’t.
You’ll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 100 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.