So recently, Comcast finally took a stand against Netflix pillaging Comcast’s services, at no extra cost, and demanded Netflix actually pay up, and what does Netflix do? They act like like any greasy politician would, and attempt to avoid responsibility, divert attention, and swindle the uninformed with irrelevant propaganda.
The fact is, Netflix uses a ridiculous amount of bandwidth with its services in comparison to the vast majority of businesses utilizing Comcast, and should be willing to pay for the amount of resources it uses, instead of dodging the actual issue by trying to make it about the open Internet, which has nothing to do with being expected to pay for what you use.
Netflix, is in effect, passing the costs they don’t want to pay onto every other Comcast user, which includes many people that don’t even use Netflix, all while using a disproportional amount of resources.
I don’t use Netflix, so why should my Comcast cable bill be higher because Netflix doesn’t want to pay for its fair share? If they use the most bandwidth, then let em pay for what they use, just like the rest of us.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of Netflix a lot, and plenty of people I know use it. But to hear them cry wolf about having to pay for what bandwidth they actually use, just reeks of the ridiculous, much like the people who sue McDonald’s for millions of dollars just because they spilled hot coffee on themselves. They don’t want to take responsibility for their actions, so they attempt to pass the buck onto someone else.
Netflix is simply experiencing growing pains. Sure, it want to keep its child rate and get into the movies cheaper, but it needs to understand that its too big to pass itself off a cute little niche business anymore, so its going to have to pay up like the adult it has become, or it can stay home watching VHS tapes and wishing for the good old days.
Not to mention that Netflix wasn’t making a peep when it was gleefully cutting the legs out from its elders, such as, Hollywood Video, Blockbuster, and every other video rental store that was crippled or destroyed, with its expansion. How many video store jobs were lost with advent of Netflix, Redbox and the like taking over? And now Netflix wants to gripe about being a big kid? Oh Puh-Leez! Grow up!
Despite Netflix’s ham-fisted attempt to skirt the real issue and imply otherwise, this IS an open Internet. Comcast didn’t cut Netflix off. Comcast simply said “Hey if you want to hog a huge amount of our network, then you will need to pay for it”. Netflix would like you to think that its like Cinderella, and Comcast is its wicked stepmother. However, no “open internet” glass slipper is going to keep Netflix’s nonsensical argument from turning into the big fat pumpkin it actually is, when the facts strike midnight.