Jennifer Khoury, Comcast senior vice president:
Netflix’s argument is a House of Cards.
High fives all around the Comcast PR department for that sick burn.
As at least one independent commentator has pointed out, it was
not Comcast that was creating viewability issues for Netflix
customers, it was Netflix’s commercial transit decisions that
created these issues. No ISP in the country has been a stronger
supporter of the Open Internet than Comcast – and we remain
committed both to providing our customers with a free and open
Internet and to supporting appropriate FCC rules to ensure that
consumers’ access to the Internet is protected in a legally
As Peter Kafka translates, Comcast is arguing that Netflix sabotaged its own streams:
Now it’s out there, and it’s kind of amazing: If the
accusation is true, it means that Netflix shortchanged some of its
customers, for reasons that aren’t quite clear. If it’s not,
it means that Comcast, which has to be on its best behavior as it
tries to get the federal government to bless its Time Warner Cable
deal, has made a damning charge in public that it can’t back up.
(I love too how the legal disclaimer at the end of Comcast’s blog post is three times longer than the post itself.)
★ Friday, 25 April 2014