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MOVIE STREAMING TAKING OVER BANDWIDTH

News | May 18, 2011

MOVIE STREAMING TAKING OVER BANDWIDTH

NEW YORK (AP) – The Internet – it’s not just for surfing the Web anymore. A new study indicates most homes in North America are using their Internet lines to stream movies from Netflix than they are to surf the World Wide Web. The study by Sandvine Incorporated says Netflix movies and TV shows account for nearly 30 percent of traffic into homes during peak evening hours, compared with less than 17 percent for Web browsing. Only about a quarter of homes with broadband service subscribe to Netflix – but watching movies and TV shows online snatch up a good portion of the bandwidth available, compared to other uses of the Internet, like surfing sites, email and other online activities.

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