Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Will Netflix destroy the Internet? - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine

A new killer app?…

Well, maybe there is one dark cloud: Will there be enough available bandwidth for Netflix to keep growing? Wired.com's Ryan Singel points out that in the hours when Netflix hits 20 percent of broadband use, it's being used by just under 2 percent of Netflix subscribers. That stat has huge implications for how ISPs manage their lines. If 2 percent of Netflix customers are using up one-fifth of the download capacity of North American broadband lines, what will happen when more and more Netflixers begin to watch movies during peak times?

Will Netflix destroy the Internet? - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine

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