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Netflix Is Apparently Hogging North America's Bandwidth

A new study says Netflix accounts for about 37 percent of North American Internet traffic during peak hours.
Posted at 4:07 PM, May 28, 2015

Hi. My name is Katherine. And I can't stop watching Netflix. 

Don't judge. It's so easy to access — computer, TV, phone — it's always just right there. Calling to us ... 

And you wanna know how we know, you know, we know, you watch Netflix? Like, a lot? 

Sandvine, a Canadian broadband networking company, released its biannual Internet traffic report

And found Netflix accounts for almost 37 percent of all primetime Internet traffic in North America. To sum it up — a ton of people are using Netflix. (Video via Netflix /"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt""Orange Is The New Black")

But as Quartz notes, there are "a couple of caveats" to that data. 

"Sandvine's data only account for peak periods (evenings) on fixed networks (meaning that traffic on mobile devices isn't counted)."

But even with just these stats, Netflix gets 13 times the traffic than that of BitTorrent and 19 times the traffic than that of its competitor Hulu. That's a lot of screen time.

And as Variety noticed, HBO's Internet services didn't even make the list:

"However, during HBO's 'Game of Thrones,' season five premiere on April 12 the premium cabler's two streaming properties ... accounted for 4.1% of traffic on one U.S. fixed network, an increase of more than 300% of their average levels." (Video via Netflix / "House of Cards")

But that still doesn't put much of a dent in Netflix's numbers.

This video includes images from Netflix.