December is historically our heaviest viewing month, with December 28 being the largest streaming day of the year.
In the U.S., despite the heavy demand, we saw continued increases in average speeds across the largest ISPs, with Verizon FiOS topping the list at 3.36 Megabits per second (Mbps), Cablevision coming in a close second at 3.32 Mbps, and Bright House just behind at 3.30 Mbps. (That’s up from average speeds last month of 3.27 Mbps, 3.20 Mbps and 3.16 Mbps respectively.) Time Warner Cable posted the largest gain, jumping three places to sixth with average speed of 3.18 Mbps, up from 2.97 Mbps in November.
In Mexico, Totalplay joined the index and snagged the top spot in December, posting an average speed of 3.53 Mbps. Axtel X-tremo slipped to second place even while increasing their average speed to 3.44 Mbps from 3.36 Mbps last month.
In Sweden, Bredband2 jumped 2 spots to the No. 3 with average speeds of 3.80 Mbps, up from 3.65 Mbps in November.
The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on a particular ISP and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that may travel across the specific ISP network. Faster Netflix performance generally means better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions.
The latest regional rankings are below:
Anne Marie is a member of the Netflix communications team.