This kind of stuff makes me sick. In a world where you are purchasing bandwidth, there should never be any kind of limitation regarding content (as long as there is nothing illegal being done) from your ISP.
Since we do not live in a perfect world, this is not the case. In a bully-like move from Comcast, Netflix has agreed to pay it for more direct access to bandwidth, according to the WSJ.
Comcast is dressing this “shake down” of Netflix up in a PR stunt; here is the link. Comcast customers have been complaining a lot about buffering and network errors while trying to stream Netflix; my in-laws were among them. There was no problem with bandwidth, or their equipment. They called Netflix many times to complain, but Netflix always blamed Comcast, and now we know why.
So what this means for the end-user, is that Comcast is being paid off by Netflix, and your streaming experience should be a better one. I think it is a cowardly move, but I guess that is life in the big leagues.