If the Internet Goes Down, It’s Because Netflix is on Your Game Console

Here in North America, we use the internet a lot. I’m usually connected to the web through my computer, TV and phone all day, and I’ve got four connected gaming devices on top of that. Of my seven connected devices, five of them can stream Netflix, and one of the two that cannot (3DS) will have that functionality soon (imminently?).

So it should come as no surprise that –according to Sandvine — Netflix streaming makes up almost a third (30%) of all internet usage in North America. Even better, and what makes this whole thing game-related, is that 65% of all Netflix streaming is done on a game console. That means at least 20% of all internet traffic in North America goes through game consoles, and that doesn’t even include online gaming!

Here’s how the consoles rank in terms of Netflix usage: PS3 is tops, taking 31% of all Netflix streams; the 360 is no. 2 with 25% and the Wii is fourth behind PC with 10%. Yay, PS3!

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2 Comments on If the Internet Goes Down, It’s Because Netflix is on Your Game Console


On May 19, 2011 at 8:02 am

Guilty here :D
It would be even worst if the canadian Netflix library was not so poor. Damn you Rogers and Videotron!


On May 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

Yay!! I’m a statistic!!