Netflix Sucks Up 20 Percent of Peak Internet Bandwidth

Friday, Oct 22, 2010  |  Updated 3:00 PM PDT
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Netflix Sucks Up 20 Percent of Peak Internet Bandwidth

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SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 30: Red Netflix envelopes sit in a bin of mail at the U.S. Post Office sort center March 30, 2010 in San Francisco, California. If the U.S. Postal Service wins its bid to drop Saturday delivery service, customers of the popular online video rental company Netflix could see gaps in DVD delivery and will have to do without Saturday delivery, a popular day to receive movies. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Just how popular is Netflix's streaming video service?

Well, a new study shows that Netflix accounts for 20 percent of peak internet bandwidth in the country. That is a lot of bandwidth!

The news comes a day after Netflix's streaming capabilities went down for several hour.

Apparently, Netflix streaming is highest between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., which makes sense. People like watching stuff at night! So if your Internet gets slow around then, you know who to blame.

Multichannel via Slashgear

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