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Netflix is the largest source of Internet traffic in North America

By Emil · 6 replies
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: 648

    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: 1,683   +774

    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 Guru Posts: 460   +59

    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: 3,380   +53

    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.
  7. bluto 2050

    bluto 2050 TS Addict Posts: 270   +33

    OLD news but Netflix has direct connection arrangements with most of the major ISP including mine where the Netflix servers are on premises eliminating a lot of CDN traffic and AWS Netflix output where the content can get mangled or buffer but nobody ever writes about all that ,they don't know maybe and just parrot what the hear elsewhere ,

    Since that arrangement happened with AT&T here with a nearby server farm (75mi) near or in the valley Netflix movies start instantly and do not buffer here and they ramp up to the maximum encode rapidly here and it stays there ☺

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