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BT faster than Virgin, says Netflix

BT has managed to trump Virgin Media in the latest set of speed test findings from Netflix.

The regular round of of ISPs showed that on average BT subscribers were getting download speeds of around 2.85Mbps when streaming content, compared with 2.81Mbps for Virgin Media customers.

Netflix’s results look at streaming speeds at peak times, as opposed to download speeds recorded by Ofcom’s regular tests.

BT has pulled ahead of Virgin, according to Netflix

O2 managed  a speed of 2.56Mbps while BskyB fell a position to make fourth place with 2.49Mbps, pretty much tying with TalkTalk, which also averages 2.49Mbps.

Falling way behind the pack is Everything Everywhere, which managed only 1.93Mbps.

A spokesman for Netflix said that average performance is “below the peak performance due to many factors including the variety of encodes Netflix uses to deliver the TV shows and movies as well as the variety of devices members use and home network conditions. These factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs. “

Netflix’s director of corporate communications Joris Evers said that the data is based on data from the more than 44 million Netflix members worldwide who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix each month.

“The listed speeds reflect the average performance of all Netflix streams on each ISP’s network and are an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network,” he said. “A faster network generally means a better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions.”

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