Verizon to Netflix: Stop blaming us for bad video quality

Verizon Communications Inc., the country’s fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit.
By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer Published: June 5, 2014
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Verizon Communications Inc., the country’s fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit.

Verizon is reacting to messages appearing on the screens of some Netflix subscribers, blaming Internet service providers for poor video quality.

The “cease and desist” letter is a continuation of verbal and technological sparring between ISPs and Netflix, whose streaming service accounts for a third of U.S. Internet usage during peak evening hours.

“This is about consumers not getting what they paid for from their broadband provider,” Netflix Inc. said Thursday.

Associated Press