Netflix "Open Connect" Delivery Network Gains Widespread Global Acceptance
Cablevision Most Recent Major Provider to Join Open Connect
New Super HD and 3D Video Formats Available on Open Connect
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Netflix Open Connect, the single
purpose video content delivery network launched last year, is now delivering
the majority of Netflix international traffic and is growing at a rapid pace
in the domestic market.
In early 2012 Netflix began enabling Internet service providers (ISPs) to
receive, at no cost to them, Netflix video directly at the interconnection
point of the ISP's choice. By connecting directly through Open Connect, ISPs
can more effectively manage their networks and more efficiently deliver
Internet services to consumers, including the more than 1 billion hours of
Netflix TV shows and movies consumers watch every month.
Netflix Open Connect is now widely deployed around the world, serving the vast
majority of Netflix video in Europe, Canada and Latin America, and a growing
proportion in the U.S., where Netflix has over 25 million streaming members.
"Leading-edge ISPs around the world such as Cablevision, Virgin Media, British
Telecom, Telmex, Telus, TDC, GVT, among many others, are already participating
in Open Connect to provide the highest-possible quality Netflix service to
consumers," said Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings. "Our goal is
to have all of our members served by Open Connect as soon as possible."
"Optimum is committed to providing the highest-quality TV, phone and Internet
to our customers, and our new partnership with Netflix supports this critical
objective," said James L. Dolan, president and CEO of Cablevision, the most
recent major provider to join Open Connect. "With Open Connect, we are
establishing a direct local connection with Netflix that delivers a
higher-quality Netflix viewing experience for Optimum customers than Verizon
or AT&T can provide, including access to new Netflix Super HD and 3D TV shows
Netflix Super HD and 3D
Now available through Open Connect partners, Netflix Super HD is the highest
quality video format offered by Netflix, providing an even better picture on
In the U.S., Netflix is also for the first time offering a small number of
titles streaming in 3D through Open Connect partners. Available for 3D viewing
are, among other titles, the action fantasy drama "Immortals," Red Bull Media
House's snowboarding documentary "The Art of Flight," and a number of titles
from the Discovery/Sony/Imax joint venture 3net Studios - including the
native, original 3D series "African Wild," "Scary Tales," and "Live Fire."
Depending on member demand, Netflix will consider adding 3D titles and
expanding availability to international markets.
"These new Super HD and 3D formats are more challenging to deliver than our
other video streams, which is why we will deliver them through Open Connect,"
said Ken Florance, vice president of content delivery at Netflix. "Any ISP
that wants to be able to deliver our new formats can do so easily and for
Netflix members can verify if their ISP is part of Open Connect and provides
access to Netflix Super HD and, in the U.S. only, 3D on this Web site:
ISPs that are not yet on Open Connect can contact Netflix at
openconnect.netflix.com to start their Open Connect relationship. As part of
Open Connect, Netflix is also sharing its hardware design and the open source
software components. These designs are suitable for any other provider of
large media files and are very cost efficient.
Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with more than 30
million members in 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV
shows and movies per month, including original series. For one low monthly
price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on
nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume
watching, all without commercials or commitments. Learn more about how Netflix
(NASDAQ: NFLX) is pioneering Internet television at www.netflix.com or follow
Netflix on Facebook and Twitter.
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