Netflix is the Biggest Source of Internet Traffic in US

Posted Thu May 19, 2011 at 07:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward

Torrents follow just after, with normal web and YouTube traffic falling far short.

It wasn't long ago that we reported that Netflix accounted for a fifth of internet traffic during peak hours, but that number has been surpassed with much gusto. Netflix now accounts for 29.7 percent of all downstream traffic at its peak.

The daily average puts Netflix at 22.2 percent, or just over a fifth of all traffic in the US. BitTorrent follows just behind it with 21.6 percent. Surprisingly, the ultra popular YouTube accounts for just 8.2 percent.

Netflix-like streaming sites make up the brunt of traffic in Europe too - 33.2 percent at peak. The iPlayer from the BBC accounts for 6.6 percent of that.

Source: Engadget

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Tags: Industry Trends, BitTorrent, Netflix (all tags)