Netflix Still Dominates Internet Bandwidth

  • October 28, 2011
  • Bradley Taylor

(Mashable) — Despite recent troubles, Netflix is a major force on the Internet, accounting for 32.7% of peak U.S. downstream traffic, according to a new report. Sandvine Intelligent Broadband Networks’ report analyzed 200 Internet service providers in 80 countries and found that real-time entertainment apps take up 60% of peak downstream traffic, up from 50% last year. Netflix has more than half of that share. Sandvine considers the hours between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to be peak times. Like others, Sandvine has also noticed a shift away from PCs to access such content. The company found 55% of traffic volume in North America is consumed on game consoles, set-top boxes, smart TVs and mobile devices. Only 45% is being accessed by laptops or PCs. Video makes up 32.6% of peak downstream mobile traffic, of which YouTube is the largest contributor. The report comes as Netflix recently lost 800,000 paid subscribers in its most-recent quarter. The company’s stock is now trading at less than a third of the amount it was in July.

(Olympusweb) — Despite the huge drop in Netflix membership (800,000) since the price hike this summer, the company is stil booming. The devices they speak of in the above article stream directly to large televisions in HD. I personally have two Roku boxes and have been very happy with them.

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