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OnLive Broadband ISP Video Game Streaming Service Tops 1Million UK Subscribers

Posted: 12th Nov, 2011 By: MarkJ
onlive uk btOnLive, the cloud based service that allows people to play the latest PC, PlayStation 3 (PS3) and XBox 360 (360) games - without owning them - via a live and remotely controlled internet video stream (delivered over your broadband ISP connection), has managed to add over one million subscribers since its BT supported UK launch in September (here).

OnLive CEO, Steve Perlman, said (MCV):

"The growth in the UK has been faster than when we launched in the US. It went beyond what we ever imagined. Overwhelmed is not even the word. The numbers in the UK are ten times what we projected."

Sadly Perlman has refused to release exact figures and merely talked about having "millions" of subscribers; many of those are likely to be people whom have registered for a free account, although getting over one million is still very impressive.

However some UK ISPs are known to be extremely nervous about the impact that OnLive can have upon their networks. The service can easily consume vast amounts of data and one provider informed us that users whom adopt it often go from a modest consumption (20-40GB) to eating up hundreds of GigaBytes within a single month. Many budget level ISPs could find that unsustainable.
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