Streaming video may be what Netflix is best known for, but now the company also offers a tool for checking the speed of your personal internet connection.
You don t have to be a Netflix member to use the website, nor does it throw any ads at you.
You literally just go to the website and wait for it to quickly report its findings.
When you re experiencing streaming issues, fast.com allows you to check the download speeds you re getting from your Internet service provider, wrote David Fullagar, Netflix s vice president of content delivery architecture, in a blog post published today.
While they re certainly useful, the company s motives in launching them are likely not 100 percent altruistic.
Plus, the tool may inspire users to opt for faster internet, which would in turn improve their streaming experience — and thus their Netflix satisfaction.