Netflix: Denmark Delivers the Best Video Streams

U.S. Ranks Sixth In Netflix’s Review of Country-Based Streaming Averages

Netflix on Monday issued its ISP Speed Index for the month of August with a new twist – historical country averages. 

Among the countries where Netflix measures ISPs, Denmark was tops in August, delivering average Netflix streams of 2.64 Mbps. Finland followed with 2.57 Mbps, trailed by Sweden (2.5 Mbps), the U.K. (2.4 Mbps), and Norway (2.38 Mbps).

The rest of the countries measured were below the 2 Mbps threshold: The U.S. (1.98 Mbps), Ireland (1.2 Mbps), and Mexico (1.71 Mbps.). Netflix’s newly expanded view shows monthly country averages going back to November 2012. Canada, the first country outside the U.S. to launch Netflix, is not factored into the current Netflix rankings. Varietyreported Sunday that Netflix will launch service in the Netherlands on September 11, just ahead of the IBC Conference in Amsterdam.

Netflix recently posted its first regional snapshot, showing that RCN,  a member of Netflix’s OpenConnect content delivery network initiative, delivered the highest quality Netflix streams in Boston during the month of August.

There was no significant jockeying among U.S. ISPs ranked by Netflix in August. Google Fiber, Cablevision Systems, Cox Communications and Suddenlink Communications continued to represent the top four. Verizon FiOS jumped one spot, to number five, switching with Charter Communications. Time Warner Cable rose to number 7, swapping with Comcast. Mediacom Communications jumped to number 9, dropping Bright House Networks to number 10.

CenturyLink dropped two spots, to number 14, allowing Windstream Communications and Frontier Communications to each rise one spot.