Netflix Cuts Video-Stream Quality in Canada--Is US Next?


The changes apply to Canadian subscribers only, according to Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey.

After years of unlimited service, data caps for North American home broadband subscribers are rapidly become the norm. Rogers Communications in Canada, for instance, has data caps ranging from 2GB to 175GB, depending on the subscriber's plan.

Will Netflix' U.S. subscribers soon see a lower-quality picture too? The company isn't saying, but the change seems likely given recent moves by major residential ISPs, including AT&T and Comcast, to .

A high-definition Netflix video stream uses about 2GB of data per hour, according to Swasey.

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