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  (Source: Lifehacker)
New study fuels speculations that Netflix will cause an internet meltdown

Thanks to a study just released, some sources are theorizing that Netflix, the streaming video service, could have the potential to dominate the internet and gobble up American broadband.  

Netflix currently boasts over 15 million members and according to network management company Sandvine, their 2010 Global Internet Phenomena Report indicates that Netflix accounts for 20 percent of downstream traffic during peak periods beating out YouTube, iTunes, Hulu, and p2p file-sharing.  

The spike in online streaming video users for Netflix appears to have originated from customers in Canada.  The company's traditional DVD-by-mail service was not offered as an option to consumers there, they were only provided with the choice of streaming video.  

In the week following the launch of service to Canadians, 10 percent of Netflix online usage came from that country and video streaming usage numbers will continue to increase in Canada and are expected to rise exponentially in North America overall, according to Sandvine.

In response to the study, one online report suggests that another reason that Netflix may be gaining momentum could stem from the fact that while online users spend only moments at a time on YouTube, they tend to spend hours at a time on Netflix.

Despite growing suggestions that Netflix will stretch broadband capacity to the limit during peak hours, the co-founder of Akamai -- the company that boasts 77,000 servers with hard drives and is responsible for Netflix delivery of content with local servers -- reports that no one should be concerned about a surge of streaming video crashing the internet. 

"That video is growing rapidly and going to be huge is true," said Akamai's Tom Leighton. "But there's tons of capacity out at the edges of the network....plenty of capacity in the last mile to your house."

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RE: Come on, Netflix is not alone.
By MadMan007 on 11/4/2010 10:10:35 PM , Rating: 0
What would stop them would be the FCC and possibly congress but thankfully the neoRepublicons took over the house and will fight on behalf of their corporate funders!

RE: Come on, Netflix is not alone.
By tdenton1138 on 11/5/2010 1:02:14 PM , Rating: 4
Um, the first 8 of the top 10 sectors donating to parties in 2010 were pro-Democrat. #1, 3 and 5 were close to even, but the Communications/Electronics Sector was in at #7 with a 65/34 split to the Dems.

Who owns who again?

By Curt4Computers on 11/5/2010 2:26:04 PM , Rating: 1
Except for one VERY significant detail. The VAST SUMS of money dropped into dummy orginazitions, mostly pro-Regressives, by Anonymous(read Multi-national and foreign) Corporations!

RE: Come on, Netflix is not alone.
By Nutzo on 11/5/2010 1:09:40 PM , Rating: 3
Unlike the Democrats corporate funders?

Ever wonder why there was no tort reform in the health care bill, and why wallstreet, GM and Chrysler where bailed out?

Lawyers, Wallstreet and the UAW support Democrats almost exclusively.

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