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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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Netflix in Canada
By armagedon on 11/5/2010 9:30:32 AM , Rating: 2
I cannot believe that so many Canadians went for that service here. We`re so bored and desperate to watch 5-10 years old crappy movies. The Canadian film selection is outrageous and anyone paying for that is plain stupid. As long as we don`t have access to the US catalog I don`t see any future here after the novelty wears off (and the free trial).

RE: Netflix in Canada
By The Raven on 11/5/2010 11:52:04 AM , Rating: 2
If I haven't seen it... it's new to me!! ;-)

It is not a novelty in our house. We have no need to see movies or TV shows as soon as they come out. Let time determine which ones are worth it as there is no way to see them all.

If you are worried about seeing movies as soon as they come out, you should be watching them all in the theatre. Why wait 4 months to get it on DVD?

The point is that old to you might be fresh to someone else. But with the way things go these days they just remake old movies so what the hell is the difference?

And besides, if you "need" the movie as soon as it comes out, you can get the DVD in the mail with Netflix.

RE: Netflix in Canada
By armagedon on 11/5/2010 3:46:48 PM , Rating: 2
I think you don`t know what you are talking about. There is no mail service with Go to and check out their selection. It`s pathetic and nothing to do with the US counterpart. They are treating us as idiots. Screw them.

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