U.S. Netflix streaming improves along with peering deals, still lags Canada, Europe

Due largely to a flurry of interconnection deals, streaming performance of the top SVOD service has improved across most major Internet service providers in the United States.

According to Netflix's (NASDAQ: NFLX) much-ballyhooed streaming performance rankings, the service's streaming speed over Bright House's network increased 48 percent from June to September, with Bright House network speeds benefitting from Netflix's interconnection deal with Time Warner Cable. 

UPDATE: Originally, this story incorrectly stated that Netflix has an interconnection deal in place with Bright House. 

Meanwhile, performance for Verizon FiOS  (NYSE: VZ)--which consummated a paid interconnection agreement with Netflix in April--has more than doubled over the same span to an industry-leading 3.17 Mbps average in September.

Buoyed by significant speed increases for most major ISPs, the overall U.S. Netflix streaming average for all ISPs reached 2.72 Mbps in September. But as GigaOm points out, ranking every country Netflix is deployed in, the U.S. comes in 14th in streaming performance, trailing Canada and every country in Europe.

Here's the chart.

For more:
- see this Netflix country-by-country streaming speed chart
- read this Multichannel News story
- read this GigaOm story

Related links:
Worst to first: Verizon shoots to No. 1 on Netflix Speed Index
Feud over? Verizon FiOS climbs Netflix speed chart
Netflix calls out Verizon again on streaming speed after ISP continues PR war
Let it go? Heck no--Verizon says congestion caused by Netflix transit providers
Responding to Netflix PR stunts 101: Don't get into a fight you can't win
Verizon says it's working with Netflix to improve streaming quality

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