You're watching Netflix in bed, casting it to through your Apple TV or Chromecast, and then calamity strikes: your stream pauses, or gets caught buffering. It's the worst, and now you at least have to roll over. You swear it's your stupid cable company, because you think all cable companies are stupid and evil.
Well, now Netflix is giving you the numbers to back it up.
In its monthly ISP speed index, the streaming-movie goliath revealed which cable providers offer the best prime-time streaming experience, and this month, Verizon FiOS came out tops, with an average streaming speed of 3.88 Mbps. Cox snagged second place at 3.85 Mbps, while Cablevision - Optimum took third, at 3.82 Mbps. Now, Mbps doesn't mean much to the average consumer, but as Netflix explains, "Faster Netflix performance generally means better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions." It doesn't measure other stuff going on with your ISP, but simply gauges Netflix streaming.
The big loser here appears to be Time Warner Cable's 65 million customers. The nation's second-largest cable provider ranked dead-last among traditional cable services, with average speeds of 3.39 Mbps. While TWC ranked above DSL providers in streaming speeds, those are the only services it outpaced, ranking 10th of 15 providers. Woof.