Online video streaming is taking over the Internet. Don't believe me? Then take a look at the latest Netflix statistics. The most popular streaming service around now accounts for nearly two-fifths of all Internet traffic in North America during primetime hours.
That number sounds unreal, but it's true. According to Canadian networking company Sandvine, Netflix is now responsible for an estimated 36.5 percent of primetime bandwidth usage on this continent.
Sandvine's regular reports on Internet usage — based on traffic as it passes through its systems — have become a reliable indicator of which services are taking up the most bandwidth.
Netflix' Internet dominance is on the rise.It's 36.5% share is a bit higher than Sandvine's previous estimate that placed the number at around 34.9% back in November last year.
But, Netflix isn't the only thing Internet users are flocking to in droves. The season premiere of Game of Thrones on HBO also caused a spike in bandwidth usage.
On the gaming front, spikes associated with the release of the latest "Call of Duty" game and its online multiplayer mode were also mentioned by Sandvine.