Oct 4, 2018

Netflix viewing eats up world's data

Video streaming service Netflix is the world's most data-hungry application, consuming 15% of global net traffic, according to research from bandwidth management company Sandvine. Video accounts for 58% of the total volume of downstream traffic on the internet, followed by web browsing, gaming and social media, according to the report. During peak evening hours, when networks are under "The most stress", Netflix can be accounting for 40% of all download traffic in the US, according to the report. A downloaded copy of Call of Duty Black Ops uses up to 101GB of data, the equivalent of 14 hours of 4K video. While this is good news for consumers, because it means their data cannot be "Read" by anyone gaining access to network traffic, it does not protect them from hacks or data breaches.

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