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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 xti on 11/5/2010 9:27:55 AM , Rating: 2
you cant compare the luxury of netflix to healthcare...

if ISPs dont provide customers their netflix, then customers will move to ISPs that do. Competition will do its thing.

ive been with TWC for over a decade now, never capped, no downtime, great speeds, great pings....just saying.

RE: Come on, Netflix is not alone.
By jah1subs on 11/5/2010 9:47:24 AM , Rating: 2
I can't speak for anyone else. Where I live in the Chicago suburbs, wired broadband is a Comcast monopoly. There are $1,000,000 homes (even at today's prices) in this neighborhood. Even if it were a Comcast/AT&T duopoly, they both can/will eventually provide monthly caps, tiered pricing and all other things that are possible in a duopoly or oligopoly.

AT&T DSL exists only in theory. I am 10,000 feet straightline from the AT&T central office. I had DSL but could only get 384 kbps downstream because I am 20,000 along the AT&T wired path. I gave up the service when I lost the job for which I needed it. A month ago, after several months without broadband, I tried to go back to AT&T as the lowest cost option. They will no longer sell it to me because of location. Apparently, I am too expensive to service. By the way, I get direct mail advertising from AT&T almost every week to buy "high speed internet" from them. The only thing that I get from AT&T is angry that they are so stupid that they do not know that they cannot provide me service. Effectively, my area is "redlined."

RE: Come on, Netflix is not alone.
By FaaR on 11/5/2010 12:55:55 PM , Rating: 1
You Americans are so screwed. You live in the Chicago suburbs you say and your ISP refuses to sell you service, my friend lives about 25km from the nearest small town of about 8000 people in a rural community of a few hundred, out in a god damn forest. He gets ~6Mbit/s downstream from his ISP on a "max 8Mbit/s" type subscription.

You guys need MORE regulation, not less, because you're getting walked all over on by greedy, short-sighted corporations, and it's not exactly doing you guys any good. The rest of the world is getting better service at LOWER prices, be it cell phone access, broadband OR healthcare for that matter.

The US may be number one right now, but at this rate it's not going to last forever. Far from it.

RE: Come on, Netflix is not alone.
By straycat74 on 11/5/2010 1:05:58 PM , Rating: 2
You guys need MORE regulation

You obviously don't understand that government regulations don't allow cable companies to compete around Chicago. Lines are drawn and each company gets exclusive access to their area.

RE: Come on, Netflix is not alone.
By FaaR on 11/5/2010 1:15:12 PM , Rating: 5
Then in that case I amend my post with you obviously need better regulation. Other countries have solved this issue far better - my own by mandating that other companies must be given access to a company's physical network, thus opening up the lines for competition. There's no exclusive access.

That, or if you wish to keep your monopolies, the regulation must stipulate a company can't deny customers service.

Corporations cannot be allowed to both have cake AND eat it. They'll just abuse their monopoly situation for their own benefit.

RE: Come on, Netflix is not alone.
By Nutzo on 11/5/2010 1:18:05 PM , Rating: 3
You guys need MORE regulation

Maybe your regulation/regulators actually work down in Australia. Here in America the regulation are the problem!

The local city/county/state grants these companies virtual monopolies, then lets then charge high rates and provide poor service (it's easy when you are the only game in town and bought protection from the government). In places where the local government gets out of the way and allows competition, the prices drop and service improves.

By GotDiesel on 11/5/2010 12:52:33 PM , Rating: 2
LOL.. that assumes of course one has a competitor isp to actually move to.. i'm in a monopoly area.. so i have only 2 choices.. crap service or no service..

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