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Netflix a Monster Bandwidth Hog

Darn close to a third of all North American 'Net traffic is consumed by one concern and it ain't Baywatchjpegs.com. Nor is it Google or Facebook. It's Netflix!

That's right. Even though close to a million customers have bailed after price hikes, the video download service remains a bigger pig than Rosie O'Donnell and Kirstie Alley tag-teaming a Chinese buffet (and I've been known to put a dent in the pork Egg Foo Young tray).

My quick and dirty research shows that all this bandwidth isn't free -- Netflix pays its providers for the privilege of providing the products of Hollywood labor.

I'm not sure about the overall impact on the Internet, which is, after all, a shared network. Do my Pam Anderson downloads download more slowly due to Netflix? It your cloud app compromised by Kill Bill streams? I'd love to know.

If you have insight or even a random opinion then opine at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/31/2011 at 1:18 PM


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