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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: Cry more bandwidth providers.
By Drag0nFire on 11/4/2010 10:39:02 PM , Rating: 3
Idk. My Verizon Fios is fast enough for pretty much anything I can throw at it. I think Verizon has been spending a lot of money on capital improvements over the last few years, and it's paid off big time. Vote with your $$ if you agree.


RE: Cry more bandwidth providers.
By Boze on 11/4/2010 11:55:18 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately that's the problem; I can't.

There are two mainstream choices for Internet access in my area. MetroCast Cable, and AT&T, for DSL. MetroCast offers 1 mbps up / 10 down, but you will never see 10 down. Ever. 10 reviews on Google, all 10 are 1 star. I would have given them 0 stars if I could have.

AT&T, while rock-solid in reliability, is fairly slow, capping out at 512 kbps up / 6 mbps down.

MetroCast is $56.95 a month, AT&T is $45 for a naked DSL line. What's infuriating about this is that back in 2004 when I lived in Honolulu, I paid $44.95 a month for 6 mbps up / 15 mbps down. When I lived in Virginia Beach from 2006 - 2008, I paid $59.95 for 6 mbps up / 30 mbps down.

The city has a population of 22,000 people according to the 2000 census; I've lived in smaller cities with much better Internet access. It really is unacceptable.

My roommate and I would happily pay the $50 to $200 a month or whatever it is for FIOS. All Verizon has to do is come lay down the fiber and I'll be the first person to sign up.


RE: Cry more bandwidth providers.
By Fritzr on 11/10/2010 3:01:18 AM , Rating: 2
Any chance you can convice Verizon to roll it a little bit farther...QWest here offers DSL & Dial-Up.

Of course Verizon will need a waiver of QWest's monopoly provider status to run FIOS out to this city. But in this corner of the city QWest doesn't even have DSL yet.


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