Netflix hail Virgin Media as best UK ISP for movie streaming, Vodafone and O2 best for mobile

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netflix-slim.jpgWondering which internet service provider is the best when it comes streaming movies? According to Netflix, based on findings gleaned from connections to their own movie and TV show streaming service, Virgin Media come out on top.

Comparing speed stats from millions of Netflix members, the company found Virgin Media’s average speed for streams to be 2.16Mbps, with O2’s home broadband in second with a 2.03Mbps speed and BT just behind in third place with 2.02Mbps.

When it comes to mobile networks, it’s a closely run race, with O2 and Vodafone both offering 0.51Mbps, with Everything Everywhere (despite EE’s super-fast 4G service) and Three trailing a little behind at 0.49Mbps. See all the results in the chart below:netflix-reveals-top-isps.jpg“These ratings reflect the average performance of all Netflix streams on each ISP,” reads the Netflix blog.

“The average is well below the peak performance due to many factors, including home wi-fi, the variety of devices our members use, and the variety of encodes we use to deliver the TV shows and movies we carry.

“Those factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs, so these relative rankings are a good indicator of the consistent performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network and a great way to see which ISPs offer the best Netflix experience.”

Netflix plan to update the list on a month-by-month basis, keeping you up to speed with which provider offers the best streaming service, and offering ISPs seen to be dragging their heels the opportunity to up their game.

Gerald Lynch