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NETFLIX REPLACES BITTORENT AS BUSIEST DATA OUTLET

May 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

More movies — including pirated, brand-new movies that have just been released theatrically — may be available via BitTorrent, but Netflix has now replaced BitTorrent as the source of most data usage on the Internet. According to Sandvine, which monitors Internet traffic, Netflix subscribers now account for 22.2 percent of all downstream traffic on the Internet, while BitTorrent users account for 21.6 percent. Not surprisingly, given higher download speeds offered by European Internet service providers, downloads of what the report refers to as Real-Time Entertainment Data is far greater in Europe than the U.S., with peer-to-peer filesharing greatest among users of laptop computers.