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Netflix Goes Full Hypocrite, Opposes Net Neutraility in Australia
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http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Netfl...les-132830
I guess it's OK to be a hypocrite if it's for the good of the consumer.
Quote:While Netflix has been an incredibly vocal supporter of net neutrality and a massive opponent of usage caps here in the States, apparently those positions didn't make the ocean voyage to Australia. Janko Roettgers at GigaOM notes that Netflix will be launching in Australia on 24, much to the pleasure of those who've had to use VPNs to access out of market Netflix content. Oddly however, Netflix has been striking deals with ISPs there to have its content exempt from usage caps.

Broadband provider iiNet offers a variety of DSL plans with usage caps ranging from 100 GB to 1 Terabyte, with each additional gigabyte charging users around fifty cents. Except Netflix has struck a deal that will make Netflix exempt from those caps entirely.

"Working with iiNet to offer quota-free Netflix content gives more people the opportunity to familiarise themselves with who we are and what our service offers,” Netflix said in an announcement. The company is working on striking similar deals with Optus and other Australian ISPs, giving the streaming operator a leg up over other services.

That position is a far cry from Netflix's stance here in the States, where the company has criticized draconian usage caps for being a ham fisted way for incumbents to prop up sagging TV revenues in the face of Internet video. When the company entered Canada, Netflix executives went so far to claim that usage caps made for "third world broadband," and joked that Canadian broadband rates were so bad, they almost qualified as "human rights abuses."

Netflix has also been a fierce critic of exempting content from usage caps. Specifically, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings complained a few years ago on Facebook about how Comcast's content was cap-exempt if funneled via the Xbox 360.
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Obviously the U.S. and Australian broadband markets have notable differences, including transit costs. Australian ISPs have employed usage caps for so long, many customers there have grown comfortable with the idea (though not too comfortable). That's in contrast with the States, where customers have grown used to unlimited flat-rate offerings, and react poorly when having strict usage limits foisted upon them.

And while a growing number of nations have passed net neutrality rules (and have specifically outlawed this kind of "zero rating" of services), net neutrality hasn't quite caught on with the same fervor in Australia. Netflix obviously wants to have a successful Australian launch without rocking the boat upon entry, though it seems likely they may change their tune on caps and neutrality once they've established a more comfortable beach head.
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It is only because the "liberal"s are in power at the moment, and they are anything but liberal. They are Britain's Conservative party led by Margaret Thatcher combined with the far religious right of the American Republican party and the hardliners of the Tea Party.

The liberals only exist to lick the arses of Rupert Murdock, James Packer and Gina Rinehart.
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http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Netfl...ort-132861
Now Netflix is going full backtrack on net neutrality. Of course, they're denying what their CFO said.
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