Kicking up a fuss about Netflix hogging all your bandwidth? Perhaps the company’s latest partnership could induce a rapid change of heart. The streaming service has paired up with eyeIO in hopes of keeping bandwidth usage during streams to a minimum, which they claim won’t affect the content’s overall quality. While the joint venture just became official, the startup’s “ultra-low-bandwidth” encoding technology — that allegedly can reduce usage on a 720p HD stream by more than 50 percent — began its testing phase on the streaming-giant’s offerings months ago. Although eyeIO’s service has already been implemented by Netflix, it’s worth mentioning this isn’t an exclusive deal, thus it’s possible for its competition to jump on the bandwidth conservation bandwagon in the future. More importantly, we’re interested to find out if you have noticed any difference in your streams lately, so drop us a line in the comments below.
Netflix teams with eyeIO to lower bandwidth use on movie night originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 03 Feb 2012 21:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.