With Verizon threatening legal action, Netflix said Monday it will stop telling users that their Internet service providers are responsible for poor video quality.
In a blog post, Netflix said the messages are part of a "small-scale test" that will end June 16. "We will evaluate rolling it out more broadly," Joris Evers, a Netflix spokesman, wrote.
The messages were first publicized last week in a tweet by Yuri Victor, a designer at Vox.
"The Verizon network is crowded right now," the message to Victor read. "Adjusting video for smoother playback."
The messages were also displayed on other networks, but Verizon fought back the most fiercely against the accusation.
The telecom giant sent Netflix a cease-and-desist letter, maintaining that "there is no basis" to blame Verizon for slow speeds. In all likelihood, the problems are a result of how Netflix has chosen to connect its video content to Verizon's network, Verizon wrote.
Although Netflix appears to be backing down over the congestion messages, the company still insists that the Internet providers are to blame for long buffering times and blurry videos.
The problems occur "when the broadband provider hasn't provided enough capacity to accommodate the traffic their customer requested," Netflix wrote.