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ISP PlusNet Highlights Rising UK Demand for Netflix Video Streams

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 (1:25 am) - Score 1,818

Broadband ISP PlusNet has kindly supplied us with a new graph to show how consumer Internet traffic on the popular Netflix TV and movie streaming service has changed over the past 6-7 months (on their network).

The ISP notes that more than 3 million UK households are now predicted to be customers of Netflix, with around 1.5 million joining in the last year alone and, despite a small price rise to £6.99 per month, the demand appears to be rising.

Internet video streaming is known to be the main driver for consumer data traffic, with YouTube tending to be the biggest data hog around the world. As a result PlusNet has included YouTube on their graph to help offer some perspective. YouTube contributes more overall traffic, but it doesn’t have Netflix’s “significant peak“.

netflix plusnet traffic 2014

Dave Tomlinson, PlusNet’s Products Team, said:

The end of summer into the start of autumn are a busy time for an ISP. The new Premier League football season is starting, new episodes of popular TV shows starting such as Doctor Who and big software updates like the upcoming iOS8 from Apple. Combine this together with the nights starting to draw in it means that people are doing more online. With this in mind we’re continually increasing the bandwidth on our network and have added a significant amount recently.”

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  1. Avatar DTMark says:

    We were lost for something to watch last week and so in a moment of madness I reactivated our old Netflix membership.

    There really isn’t anything of any significance that has been added in the last year. Have cancelled it again.

    We did buy an Apple TV box which has greater choice albeit at comparatively eye-watering prices. No monthly fee, but, say, £4.49 to watch a current film. If it’s HD, add to that another £10 or so for data costs. The DVD or Blu-Ray is the better option.

    The impression I get is that you simply cannot provide a service with unlimited streaming of all the content for seven quid a month. The pie just isn’t big enough for everyone to get their share.

    Breaking Bad was a bit of a triumph for Netflix, but if the content on it remains as it is now, I can’t honestly see how the service will survive.

    1. Avatar Ismael says:

      If you can unblock US Netflix in the UK then it becomes worth it. Thank goodness I figured out how to do that thank to this https://www.unblocknetflix.co.uk/netflix/unblock-watch-american-netflix-uk-dns-proxy/

  2. Avatar Daisy French says:

    This is a very interesting study. Talking with friends, I have defiantly noticed we have all lost interest in television and moved on to watching series Netflix.

    I think generally speaking, television and film has becoming less and less about the content and more about trying to please people.

    I recently read an article claiming that theatre has become more popular than cinema. It was quite interesting. I think again it has a lot to do with content. Does anyone else agree?

    https://urbantimes.co/2014/10/west-end-winners/

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