Netflix Speed Index Reveals Canada’s Top and Worst Streaming Internet Provider [u]

Netflix has finally added Canada to its ISP Speed Index, reflected in its April 2014 charts:

With this month’s update we have expanded the index to include Canada. Perhaps not surprisingly, the fiber services from Bell Aliant and Bell Canada top the chart, closely followed by cable provider Shaw. As a country, the average speed for Netflix in Canada beats that of the United States, but ranks below most European nations.

According to the chart below, Bell tops the charts at an average speed of 3.19 Mbps,  followed by Shaw and Videotron. Telus is in ninth spot while Rogers comes in dead last with an average speed of 1.67 Mbps, well below the Canadian average of 2.52 Mbps and USA average of 2.33 Mbps:

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Netflix says its ISP Speed Index is calculated “based on data from the more than 48 million Netflix members worldwide who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix each month.”

We have previously asked Joris Evers from Netflix about whether Canada would be added to its speed index and we are glad it has finally arrived.

Just last week Netflix increased its Canadian pricing to $8.99/month for new members, while existing users get to stay at $7.99/month for at least two years. The price increase according to the company will allow expansion of movies and TV shows to its library.

Click here to sign up for Netflix, it’s $8.99/month. How did your ISP rank?

Update: Here’s an quick update from Rogers, as seen on our comments:

Hi, just a quick update on this. The text by Netflix was done just before we virtually doubled Netflix capacity, we will continue to add more capacity as required.

Update 2: We reached out to Joris Evers from Netflix regarding Rogers and their increased Netflix capacity, in which he replied “we do expect to see performance improve in next month’s rankings.”

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