Netflix Is The Single-Biggest User Of Internet Bandwidth
October 28, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
LOS GATOS, Calif., Oct. 28 (UPI) — The U.S. streaming entertainment service Netflix takes up 32.7 percent of Internet bandwidth worldwide, a study found.
An analysis of 200 Internet service providers in 80 countries by Sandvine Intelligent Broadband Networks found real-time entertainment streaming accounts for 60 percent of peak downstream traffic with Netflix having more than half of that share.
That’s up from 50 percent last year, Mashable reported Friday.
Peak time is considered 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sandvine’s analysis also found a shift away from PCs accessing such content, with 55 percent of Internet traffic now being consumed by game consoles, set-top boxes, smart TVs and mobile devices.
Netflix remains a major presence on the Internet despite some recent business setbacks that saw the Los Gatos, Calif.-based company lose 800,000 paid subscribers in the last quarter, Mashable reported.