first_imgEven with the Qwikster debacle and significant price rise, we all know that Netflix remains a very popular service, and one that is quickly becoming a major drain on network bandwidth as more people stream content.Just how much of a drain the service is has been revealed in Sandvine’s The Global Internet Phenomena Report: Fall 2011. Netflix tops the chart in terms of network bandwidth for North America, achieving 32% of peak downstream traffic. After that you have HTTP traffic, YouTube, and then BitTorrent. Those four together make up 64% of the total bandwidth used. That’s not actually too surprising when you consider how data intensive each is as a service.The other statistic that may surprise you is the fact only 45% of Internet traffic now goes to PCs and laptops. The other 55% majority is being pulled down by settop boxes, games consoles, and of course those tablets and smartphones we all keep buying to surf the web and watch Youtube on. Clearly, the priorities for the Internet as a whole are changing and entertainment is fast becoming the dominant form of traffic.Network providers in the UK take note, with Netflix launching there early next year, it’s going to put more than a little extra strain on your infrastructure.Check out the Sandvine infographic below for a visual summary of why your connection might seem a bit slow at peak times. This data also suggests that unless networks have a regular upgrade schedule in place, everyone could end up suffering as the Internet grinds to a halt under the load.via MediaBeatlast_img read more