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Virgin Media has topped the list of broadband providers for streaming Netflix, according to the firm's own ISP Speed Index.

The monthly update on service providers is conducted for countries all over the world, with Virgin found to be the top performer in the UK over the course of July 2015.

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The firm, which is the only provider in the list of five to utilise both cable and fibre optic services, recorded an average speed of 3.96 Mbps.

That number is well ahead of the 3.0Mbps recommended by Netflix for streaming standard definition content, although that threshold was also broken by the other four providers listed, all of which use both fibre optic and DSL within their broadband network.

BT came in second place with an average speed of 3.63 Mbps, followed by TalkTalk (3.34 Mbps), Sky (3.22 Mbps) and EE (3.18 Mbps).

If Netflix recommendations are anything to go by, demand from consumers could see providers increase their speeds further.   

According to the streaming platform's own advice, high definition services function at their best with a connection of 5 Mbps, while a connection of 25 Mbps is needed for Ultra HD services.

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