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Virgin Media 2014 UK Logo

17th May, 2017 - 9:09 am (23 Comments)

Customers of broadband cable operator Virgin Media are once again reporting a spike in latency during peak times (typically starting at before 7pm and running until around 11pm), which can cause disruption for latency dependent software / services like fast paced online video games and voice/video calls etc.

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13th January, 2017 - 10:33 am (11 Comments)

Internet provider iDNET has chosen Friday the 13th as the day to launch its new “optimised” broadband package for online gamers, which promises that subscribers will benefit from “low latency, fast pings, a static IP address and plenty of under-subscribed bandwidth to ensure a fast stable connection“

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1st September, 2016 - 9:04 am (10 Comments)

BT appears to be suing online PC video game and digital distribution giant Valve Corporation because its popular STEAM platform is alleged to “incorporate technologies invented by BT” (e.g. cloud features like Valve’s Steam Library, Steam Chat, Steam Messaging and Steam Broadcasting).

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8th October, 2015 - 7:42 am (0 Comments)

A fix introduced earlier this morning means that customers of Sky Broadband should finally be able to access the PlayStation 4 based online multiplayer video game called ‘Rocket League’, which has been largely inaccessible since the end of last month

playstation now

13th August, 2014 - 8:11 am (1 Comment)

Sony has given broadband ISPs another set of data hogs to worry about after they confirmed that consumers in the United Kingdom would be the first in Europe to beta test their new PlayStation Now streaming service in 2015, while their PlayStation TV product (designed to take on Google Chromecast and NOW TV etc.) is expected to surface this autumn 2014.

plusnet steam summer sale uk internet traffic

21st June, 2014 - 8:01 am (7 Comments)

In the modern Internet age it’s not just data traffic surges caused by a rise in video streaming during major televised events that broadband ISPs have to watch out for. The recent launch of Steam’s (Value’s digital distribution platform for PC games) traditional Summer Sale is another one that will also be giving them a capacity headache.

playstation now

16th June, 2014 - 8:51 am (0 Comments)

Sony’s Internet data hungry PlayStation Now (PS Now) service, which uses Gaikai’s video streaming technology to help gamers remote-play video games without having to download them (similar to OnLive), is likely to launch in the United Kingdom first because of its “best in Europe” broadband ISP infrastructure and “strong gaming market“.

20th January, 2014 - 2:09 pm (0 Comments)

A group of PC gamers that play the popular online multiplayer game League of Legends have warned that the security settings on some broadband routers and the new generation of ISP-side network-level Internet filters, which are designed to block online adult content, could be blocking updates for the game.

8th January, 2014 - 9:16 am (15 Comments)

Entertainment giant Sony has this week officially announced the launch of their new cloud-based PlayStation Now (PS Now) service, which works in a similar way to OnLive by using Gaikai video streaming tech to allow gamers to remotely play console games via their existing broadband ISP connection (without having to download anything).

xbox one microsoft

11th October, 2013 - 8:29 am (8 Comments)

Microsoft has revealed new details about the changes to its Xbox One network architecture, including improvements to its Peer to Peer (P2P) based multiplayer component and claims that the adoption of IPv6 Internet addresses should make the system faster and more secure (IPsec). But you’ll need a compatible broadband ISP in order to benefit.

download internet data traffic

1st October, 2013 - 12:39 pm (28 Comments)

The next generation of video game consoles, such as Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4, are already set to give unlimited broadband ISPs in the United Kingdom a headache due to their new streaming services. But that’s only half the story and those wishing to download games will soon be gobbling in excess of 50GB (GigaBytes) per title.

plusnet uk

30th September, 2013 - 9:22 am (2 Comments)

Internet access provider PlusNet has revealed some interesting statistics about broadband bandwidth usage and online video gaming on its network. Apparently traffic for online gaming has risen by 50% in the last 12 months and that’s after a slight decrease was recorded between 2011 and 2012.

gaikai sony cloud based gaming

3rd September, 2013 - 1:47 pm (13 Comments)

Entertainment giant Sony (SCEE) has confirmed that its Gaikai video streaming technology, which will allow gamers to remotely play PS3 and PS4 (PlayStation) games by using their existing broadband connection (i.e. without first having to download anything), won’t arrive in the UK and Europe until later due to concerns over the quality of internet access.

sony playstation 4

21st August, 2013 - 7:41 am (33 Comments)

Sony has announced that its forthcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) video games console, which is officially confirmed to arrive in the United Kingdom on 29th November 2013, has chosen broadband provider Virgin Media to be its main ISP partner. Rumours of a new 200Mbps product are also floating around.

xbox one microsoft

20th June, 2013 - 7:52 am (4 Comments)

A significant consumer backlash to the news that Microsoft’s new Xbox One video game and media centre console would be accompanied by strict internet connectivity and used game (pre-owned) requirements has forced the company to do a massive U-turn and lift two of its key restrictions.

xbox one microsoft

7th June, 2013 - 8:11 am (6 Comments)

Consumers looking forward to the late 2013 launch of Microsoft’s next generation media centre and video games console, XBox One, will be frustrated to learn that the new system will be accompanied by some extremely strict broadband and internet connectivity requirements.

xbox one video streaming traffic uk

23rd May, 2013 - 8:31 am (5 Comments)

The Tuesday night launch of Microsoft’s new XBox One console triggered a “big spike” in UK internet traffic as people tuned-in to the various live video streams and websites. Traffic on one of the Content Delivery Networks within TalkTalk’s infrastructure rose from 80Gbps (Gigabits per second) to 120Gbps and the same was true of other ISPs.

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