Why Does Everyone Hate Comcast?

There are few companies that evoke such strong emotions as Comcast, and the company’s most recent spat with Level 3 hasn’t really helped its image either. So why does everyone hate Comcast? A look back at a number of strategic missteps that shaped the company’s image.

Comcast vs. Level 3: Netflix Didn’t See This Coming

Netflix really was just out to save some money when it decided to switch a sizable portion of its CDN business from Akamai to Level 3 in November. Instead, it started something that may turn out to be the Internet’s equivalent to an international armed incident.

Boom or Not, Internet Bandwidth Prices Still Falling

You’d think the need for copious amount of bandwidth would drive up prices. And yet, the price of Internet bandwidth continues to fall. Telegeography shows prices for the IP transit are declining as traffic volumes grow more than 60 percent annually.

Vid-Biz: Hulu, SpongeFish, Bud Bundy

Hulu in Talks with Kangaroo; the NBC/Fox JV could partner with the UK’s version of Hulu rather than going it alone, to sidestep regulatory complications there. (C21 Media (sub. required))
SpongeFish Shuts Down; how-to site closes; had raised $2 million in March. (VentureBeat)
Bud Bundy to Star in Web Series; David Faustino from Married… With Children to star in Crackle’s upcoming Star-ving, an exaggerated take on his life. (Variety)
Level3 Expands in Asia; move expands the CDN’s presence to enable content delivery in China. (emailed release)
LIN TV Adopts Syndicaster; the technology makes broadcast content available online almost immediately after it airs. (Broadcasting & Cable)
A Roundup of Web Video Agents; TVWeek looks at the top digital dealmakers in Hollywood from ICM, CAA, Endeavor and more. (TVWeek)
Bishops: Put the Bible on iPods; a gathering of Catholic clergy say it is critical to get the Bible beyond print and pushes a shift different platforms like DVD, Internet and TV screens. (The Hollywood Reporter)

iPlayer Goes for Higher Bitrates, Olympic Gold and Home Theaters?

The BBC’s iPlayer continues its unparalleled success story with new audience records during the Olympic games and a new codec that will make the iPlayer’s video look even better during full-screen mode. The BBC announced the introduction of 800 Kbps H.246 streams in a blog post about a week ago, promising “sharper video quality.”

Not everybody seems to be happy about these developments: Some articles this week suggested that the BBC is switching from its current content delivery network Akamai to Level3, causing much pain for smaller ISPs that don’t have the right peering agreements in place. A commenter on Thinkbroadband.com even mused that “the BBC web-site and IPlayer will slow to a crawl and possible stop loading altogether” soon. Here’s the good news: The sky isn’t falling — and the new changes actually hint at bigger things to come.

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Inside Microsoft’s Internet Infrastructure & Its Plans For The Future

Microsoft is spending billions of dollars to beef up its Internet infrastructure — which includes building its own content delivery network, boosting its network backbone capacity five times and building gigantic data centers as it girds up to compete with Google, the real Big Daddy of the web. Microsoft’s Internet infrastructure czar, Debra Chrapaty, shares the details in a video interview. Continue Reading

The Telia-Cogent Spat Could Ruin the Web For Many

Updated: Swedish telecom operator Telia and U.S.-based connectivity provider Cogent Communications have gotten into an ugly spat and have stopped interconnecting, according to some of my sources in the telecom business. What this essentially means is that Telia’s DSL customers could have trouble seeing Cogent-connected web services. Telia, now part of TeliaSonera is one of the largest networks in Europe.

The bickering could be because one of the two parties feel they need to be paid for the traffic they are sending. I am looking into this and have emails out to all my sources in the bandwidth business, and will update accordingly. (If you have any information, drop me a line.)

Cogent had previously gotten into a slugfest with Level 3 Communications. Cogent’s stance towards Telia is hypocritical. Here is a press release they issued back in 2005 when complaining about Level3. As a reader points out, Cogent has been involved in such spats with other carriers as well. OpenTransit (France Telecom), Teleglobe, ATDN are some of those who have had Cogent issues.

This is a letter Telia sent to its customers:

Dear Customer,

We would like to give you the following information:

Cogent has decided not to exchange traffic directly with TeliaSonera’s AS 1299 or indirectly with AS 1299 through a third-party provider. As a result, Cogent has partitioned the Internet and disrupted the flow of traffic between Cogent and TeliaSonera customers.

While this has a negative impact on some users of the Internet, this effect is the result of Cogent’s decision and is unfortunately beyond TeliaSonera’s control. Until Cogent rectifies this situation, TeliaSonera customers experiencing any difficulty reaching Cogent’s network can continue to purchase IP Transit from TeliaSonera along with another Tier 1 provider. This will fix the immediate problem and ensure optimal connectivity going forward.

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused…

If you have further concerns, please address your commercial contact at TeliaSonera

Updated with inputs from our readers. Thanks guys

Coming Soon, Free Hosting for Facebook Apps

[qi:012] If you are a Facebook app developer, I have some good news for you: Joyent, a Marin County, Calif.-based on-demand computing and web hosting startup, is going to start offering free hosting to Facebook app developers. The company, we are told, is going to offer its mid-tier accelerator offering, free of charge, and the announcement is going to come as soon as Tuesday.
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