Netflix's streaming business continues to boom — and now we know which Internet service providers are the best at streaming.
The company has released a report listing the major ISP rankings for the month of January, noting which providers are at the highest quality in terms of data throughput. Leading the charge is Google Fiber , sitting firmly at No. 1 with an average data speed of 3.02 megabits per second (Mbps). Cablevision and Suddenlink are close behind, in second and third place.
This report also shows a slight drop for certain providers, including Verizon FiOS, Comcast and Time Warner Cable at around the 2.0 Mbps, which still isn't too shabby compared with the lower-tier providers on the list, including Windstream, Frontier and Clearwire, which range between 1.22 and 1.56 Mbps.
The streaming service does offer HD resolution (ranging from 720p to 1080p) for most of its programs, usually reserved for those that can handle the higher speeds, such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable (compared with lower-end DSL services from AT&T and Verizon). This, of course, depends on the device, as some services, like the lower-end ones on the list, can't effectively reproduce 1080p.
Netflix recently announced 3D service as well as "Super HD," (full 1080p HD across the board). These services require at least 2.24 Mbps and would only be supported by Cablevision and Google Fiber — the two top-ranking companies on the list. See also: What Are the Best Home Internet and TV Services?
With the report, Netflix notes that many factors are considered when determining data speed, including the home Wi-Fi network setup, which devices the subscriber uses to view video (whether it's on a television or a mobile device), and the company's streaming video encoding.
If you want to get the most out of your Netflix account, there's a few things to consider, such as finding a device with a user-friendly interface, choosing the right Internet service provider in your area (Google Fiber is only a pilot project in Kansas City), and picking the right Wi-Fi router .
Check out more on the Netflix site. It just launched the political drama "House of Cards" — its first original series. And new episodes of the revived hit comedy "Arrested Development" will debut later this spring.
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