I've seen that too. I've spent a fair amount of time with the Netflix people trying to get them to read that thread over at Apple, and finally got someone who claims they will pass it on. This is beginning to sound like the beginning of a bigger story. While it seems to have its roots with Apple and Comcast, it's clearly affecting other providers and boxes.
I provide the following not to brag but to document:
and while I can achieve sustained downloads of 20+mbps from other sites (even during primetime), I have trouble keeping even the 3mbps stream from Netflix during prime time. During the day it's no problem.
The folks at Netflix admit the problem is network congestion but they won't admit it's their network. They claim their technology is quite a bit different from Hulu, YouTube, HBOGO, StarzPlay, or anyone else and I've told them that if that's so... perhaps it shouldn't be since the evidence is that it's inferior.
It wouldn't be surprising if hundreds of thousands more smart devices start their 1-month free trials with Netflix in the coming months and if the company fails to impress during the trial I suspect their numbers will show it in the spring.
It's just rather a shame that they don't seem to be interested in addressing these issues head on and seem to want their CSRs to play the blame game instead, despite convincing evidence from trustworthy sources.