Despite Emmys, Road Ahead Is Bumpy for Streaming Services

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Netflix had a very good showing on Monday, winning 23 Emmy Awards and tying longtime Emmy-winning powerhouse HBO.

Netflix, an over-the-top streaming service, claimed 112 nominations this year, four more than its premium pay-TV channel rival HBO, which had dominated the Emmys for nearly two decades.

Although the Emmy wins were good news for Netflix, other recent news has been far less rosy.

The largest U.S. telecom companies have been slowing mobile Internet traffic to and from Netflix and other services, including YouTube, based on research Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, released earlier this month.

The researchers utilized the smartphone app Wehe, which was downloaded by about 100,000 consumers, to monitor speeds and determine if and when throttling of services was occurring.

YouTube was the service most-targeted for throttling, the app revealed, but speeds for Netflix, Amazon Video and NBC’s Sports app also were degraded.

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