Netflix is the largest source of Internet traffic in North America

By Emil
May 17, 2011
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  1. Sandvine today announced the release of its Global Internet Phenomena Report: Spring 2011, including Internet trends from North America, Latin America, and Europe. Since the last report in the fall…

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  3. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    This seems like undeniable confirmation of what current copyright violators have been claiming all along. Provide what they want at a reasonable rate and people will adopt it.
    Bittorrent was the largest bandwidth user until Netflix, and if you'd believe the RIAA/MPAA all that traffic was for illegal sharing. Now you have a legitimate service that provides unlimited real time content at $8/month, and it soars above the black market in usage.

    You'd think it'd be so obvious, but I'd put money down that the AA's will claim is their rigorous persecution of customers that's brought about the change. /sigh

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 770   +160

    This doesn't surprise me at all. The convenience and cost factors involved in Netflix and similar offerings are good enough to get people to stop buying physical media. Now all we need is for these services to start offering the content for permenant download. There are plenty of us with home media servers to store video, lowering the amount of bandwidth we need to consume because if we want to watch something again, we already have it.

    Another thing, I really don't think a lot of our ISP's links to the backbone are fast enough to handle this increase in bandwidth consumption for video streaming.
  5. avoidz

    avoidz TS Maniac Posts: 455   +54

    I imagine if the service was ever offered here in Australia, the cost would be far greater than a mere $8 dollars a month. Based on previous pricing models, it would be more like $29.95 per month.
  6. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    From my calculations it would be more like 24 usd a month for you guys. Maybe you will or maybe you wont miss 6 bucks, but either way this is a great sign for the direction of tv shows and movies.

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