An Associated Press article by Michael Liedtke addresses the issue of Netflix’s throttling. The article is about two years too late, but at least the writer does not gloss over the issue of throttling like virtually all mainstream journalists do when reporting on Netflix.
The article, “'Throttling' Angers Netflix Heavy Renters,” simply details what the rest of us have known since 2004. The ironic thing is that people proclaiming theories of Netflix throttling a year or two ago were called paranoid conspiracy theorists. Now, those wild conspiracy theories about Netflix are the facts of an Associated Press article.
Netflix made fools of their loyal supporters. Netflix told them throttling was a myth, they believed it, and embarrassed themselves by defending the company in front of friends and family.
Throttling existed all along, and Netflix hid the practice from the customers as long as they could get away with it. Finally, their business practices just got to be too much to hide, and Netflix quietly began coming clean.
Unfortunately, for Netflix, it may be too late. Many people have learned the truth the hard way and have warned others about Netflix. Netflix and throttling are two words that are now inexorably linked. Netflix’s reputation for deceiving customers will haunt the company for years.
You can read the Associated Press article at the following links.
“'Throttling' Angers Netflix Heavy Renters”
“Netflix Sends Frequent Renters to the Back of DVD Line”
Make sure to forward this post to anyone who called you a paranoid conspiracy theorist when you told him or her about Netflix’s dark side.