Calling out the slow: Google now tracking video streaming speeds
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/8/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
To anyone who spends a lot of time online, it tries one's patience. Users click on a link to watch a video . it spirals around . the clip begins . suddenly stops . begins again . the sound begins to fall out of synch . sometimes just crashing and burning, leaving the viewer unsatisfied. To this end, Internet search engine Google is now rating the quality of video streaming services.
This latest move arises while Internet service providers and open Internet advocates have begun to call for Web traffic to be treated like phone traffic, with no premium fast lanes and slow lanes.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Offered by Internet service providers on a new Web site, it's just the latest in the fight between broadband providers and content companies over who is to blame for slow streaming speeds.
It's not the first time: Netflix told its customers in June that Verizon and other Internet providers were to blame for slow speeds.
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This latest move arises while Internet service providers and open Internet advocates have begun to call for Web traffic to be treated like phone traffic, with no premium fast lanes and slow lanes. This facet of the "Net neutrality" debate cuts to the core of keeping the Internet as a forum for free speech instead of having it cultivated by profit-motivated corporations.
Overall, the debate also pulls in companies such as Google which rely on its users' ability to access websites speedily.
A link to the new site appears when videos on YouTube, Google's streaming service, are slow to buffer. The Web site launched quietly in May and recently drew publicity.
"There are many factors that influence your video streaming quality, including your choice of Internet service provider (ISP). Learn how your ISP performs and understand your options," the Web site reads.
On the site, Google measures how quickly billions of YouTube videos load, breaks out Internet service providers and locations, averages those results over the last 30 days and determine the performance quality that viewers get 90 percent of the time.
The Web site is intended to inform customers who want to view video in high definition of the best way to get it. Customers can compare the performance of ISPs in their area.
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