Netflix wants you to check your Internet speed, and it’s giving you a new, easy way to do it.
As one of the most popular video services on the Internet, Netflix relies more on companies delivering strong, fast Internet connections than most. Disputes in recent years with Internet providers including Comcast and Verizon over slowing down, or “throttling,” of Netflix streams only furthers the streaming giant’s need to make sure people are aware of the speeds they should get.
Wednesday, Netflix launched Fast.com, a new site that allows users to quickly and easily check their Internet speeds. The site works with both Wi-Fi and cellular connections and begins immediately once a user heads to the page.
Unlike other speed checking sites, most notably Ookla’s Speedtest.net, Fast.com is focused solely on download speeds. Other metrics, such as upload speed and ping, and the reaction time between your connection and the server, aren’t included in the results on Netflix’s site, though Fast.com does link to Speedtest.net for those looking for that information. Netflix’s site is also ad-free, another difference from Speedtest.net.
The new site also is different than Netflix’s current ISP Speed Index, which rates the average monthly speeds of Internet providers during prime-time hours. Unlike the index, Fast.com is designed to allow individuals to check their personal connections at any time.
“We all want a faster, better Internet, yet Internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your Internet service provider,” David Fullagar, Netflix’s vice president of content delivery architecture, said in a blog post announcing the new site. “Fast.com is another tool consumers can use for greater insight and control of their Internet service.”
Source: www.usatoday.com By Eli Blumenthal