OK, seriously, corporate overlords–can we all just get along? This is starting to look like high school!
Last week, a quick-triggered Twitter user posted a photo of his Netflix account’s buffering screen that included a pointed jab at one of its Internet frenemies: “The Verizon network is crowded right now. Adjusting video for smoother playback…”
Alright. Wig snatched, Netflix. According to Time, Netflix users have been suffering slow streaming speeds on Verizon FiOS connections in the last few months, after Netflix agreed this April to pay Verizon “to establish a direct connection to its network to deliver video content across the “last mile” into users’ homes.” Netflix is ideologically opposed to such a move, however, and they’ve been communicating that displeasure to their users.
“What was a minor skirmish between Verizon and Netflix looks set to become a full-blown battle after Verizon sent Netflix a cease-and-desist letter Thursday demanding that Netflix stop blaming Verizon for slow streaming speeds.
“‘There is no basis for Netflix to assert that issues with respect to playback of any particular video session are attributable solely to the Verizon network,’ the letter reads. ‘As Netflix knows, there are many different factors that can affect traffic on the Internet.'”
Verizon is threatening further legal action unless Netflix hands over the name of every customer who saw the message blaming Verizon for slow streaming speeds and provides proof that it was Verizon’s network that caused the slowdown within the next five days.