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‘Netflix responsible for decrease in torrent traffic’

Posted at 08 November 2012 18:14 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

According to a publication of internet research company Sandvine, Netflix is  helping to fight piracy. Sandvine researched global internet traffic and noticed that torrent traffic decreases when the traffic generated by Netflix increases. Netflix is a very popular streaming video site in the US,  they offer tv shows and movies over the internet for a fixed fee.  During peak times (9 pm till 12am) the site takes up about 33% of the internet traffic in the US  on fixed connections.

Torrent traffic,  which is very often pirated content, takes up about 12% of the total internet traffic in the United States, in Europe it accounts for 16% of all internet traffic and in Asia 36%. Netflix is currently expanding and now also available in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. However,  it’s unknown what the effect of Netflix on torrent traffic is in those countries. It’s expected that torrent traffic will decrease and will be good for less than 10% of the total internet traffic by 2015.

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Zod
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 09 Nov 12 00:26
    It makes sense. People are sick of paying for overprice cable bills. All they want is an affordable way to watch tv/movies without commercials.

    I also wouldn't expect the result to be the same here in Canada. The Canadian version has pretty weak selection. I would guess most people continue to pirate or find ways to trick Netflix into think their an American customer.

    They key is people will pay if the product is good and its not overpriced. Piracy spiraled out of control because the media companies weren't offering any online product. Netflix helps fill that void.
    harley2ride
    Video editing software expert
    Posted on: 09 Nov 12 01:04
      5% has been me watching all the seasons of breaking bad.
      TSJnachos117
      MyCE Senior Member
      Posted on: 09 Nov 12 01:44
        "Netfix is helping to fight piracy"? Weren't they accused a few days ago for supplying pirated subtitles?

        Of coarse, it's been said here before, more legal alternatives generally means less piracy. Giving your customers the finger = more piracy.

        However, I you're old fashioned like me, odds are you prefer old-fashioned DVDs. If that's what you want, and you live in America, Blockbuster is a much better deal. Netfix charges $15.98 for DVDs, while Blockbuster charges $9.99-$19.99, depending on what plan you get.
        platinumsword
        Senior Moderator
        Posted on: 09 Nov 12 02:50
          Some data.

          DukeNukem
          MyCE Resident Commenter
          Posted on: 09 Nov 12 18:51
            Yeah, Netflix in Canada has nowhere the selection as Netflix in the US. That's why my soon-to-be brother-in-law has modded his router to look like he's in the US. Five times the selection.
            BradWright
            MyCE Member
            Posted on: 09 Nov 12 22:50
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by TSJnachos117
              "Netfix is helping to fight piracy"? Weren't they accused a few days ago for supplying pirated subtitles?

              Of coarse, it's been said here before, more legal alternatives generally means less piracy. Giving your customers the finger = more piracy.

              However, I you're old fashioned like me, odds are you prefer old-fashioned DVDs. If that's what you want, and you live in America, Blockbuster is a much better deal. Netfix charges $15.98 for DVDs, while Blockbuster charges $9.99-$19.99, depending on what plan you get.
              Sure, if you happen to be anywhere near a Blockbuster. I live in a metro area (Colorado Springs, CO) that has just over 500,000 people, and there are only two Blockbuster stores still open. I get my movies from Red Box because they only charge $1.60 for Bluray disks, there are six of them within five minutes of my house, and I can reserve movies on line before I go to the machine to get them.
              coolcolors
              MyCE Resident
              Posted on: 10 Nov 12 15:42
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by BradWright
                I get my movies from Red Box because they only charge $1.60 for Bluray disks, there are six of them within five minutes of my house, and I can reserve movies on line before I go to the machine to get them.
                That to me is the worse deal for you Netflix with the BlueRay subscription gives you way more rentals for what you pay for 1.60 each bluray and you can keep them long as you want. As I mentioned to others if you rent alot Redbox gets more revenue from you and you get less choice while on Netflix Bluray you pay monthly subscription but get many as you want and keep long as you want depending on the plan. So if you rent alot Netflix is the better way to go other wise your shelling out more then you think when you use Redbox alot they come out ahead of you. Also Netflix does have a bigger selection to choose from and waiting for it to come in the mail isn't too much of a problem.
                coolcolors
                MyCE Resident
                Posted on: 10 Nov 12 15:50
                  Really pirating has decline I think it has gone underground and found various proxy and other means to get their stuff on the web. If it was really decline there wouldn't be any kinda torrent traffic not decline. So to I think they are either very delusional or cherry picking data that looks favorable to them since they are a corporation and must satisfy their share-holds or investors that they are doing a good job. So for anyone to say decline in piracy is admitting is has slowed down the least bit but grown as the internet spreads and grow so does pirating and piracy that will never decline it just takes on different forms and site and proxies and do whatever wants. Piracy doesn't take a backseat they are the fore front and doubt they will decline anytime soon.

                  Quote:
                  Certain statements in this release which are not historical facts constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements") and are made pursuant to the “safe harbour” provisions of such laws.
                  And this statement should make one question whom interested are they really looking at the consumers or their investors???? aka MPAA/RIAA/DODD ??????
                  paulw2
                  MyCE Senior Member
                  Posted on: 10 Nov 12 21:45
                    Just wish that the like of the MPAA and the like would realize that there is a big world out there and allow Netflix to operate world wide rather than the little corner called North America.

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