By Alexandra Burlacu | Mar 12, 2013 10:16 AM EDT
Netflix just introduced its new ISP Speed Index, listing the fastest and the slowest ISPs for various countries, which allows consumers to compare ISP experiences.
In other words, those wondering how their Netflix experience stacks up compared to that of other users now have the necessary tools to check it out and satisfy their curiosity. Netflix's new ISP Speed Index is based on information collected from users, as well as the overall average speed for each listed country.
"More than 33 million global members view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movie streaming from Netflix per month," details the company. "We use the data associated with the streaming experience to compare ISPs and give you monthly insight into which ISPs deliver the best Netflix experience."
This is not the first time Netflix has revealed such information, as the company previously released a graph on the performance of top networks back in 2011. That information, however, made it harder for users to sort through, and looked considerably less appealing.
With the new ISP Speed Index, Netflix now bundles all information into a single location, making it easily digestible and allowing users to see data for eight countries.
According to the company, 33 million customers stream more than a billion hours of video every month, thus providing comprehensive data. Netflix provides streaming data for the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Mexico.
When it comes to the U.S., Netflix's list shows both the slowest and the fastest ISP speeds. Mexico ranks at the bottom of the list for the highest ISP speed, and second from bottom after the U.S. in the lowest speed category.
The ISP Speed Index shows that Mexico has the lowest overall speed at 1.65Mbps, while Finland has the top overall speed at only 2.57Mbps. For the U.S., Google Fiber tops the charts with 3.35Mbps, while Clearwire comes in last with just 1.25Mbps. The average speed for the U.S. is 2.3Mbps.
The speeds in the UK, meanwhile, are somewhat less polarized. Virgin tops the list with 2.37Mbps, while EverythingEverywhere comes in last with only 1.77Mbps. The average speed for the UK is 2.07Mbps.
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