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P2P traffic drops while streaming grows exponentially

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 07 Sep 2008 14:08 User comments (6)

P2P traffic drops while streaming grows exponentially According to new data figures from PlusNet, P2P traffic has declined significantly over the past year and legal, streaming content has grown exponentially.
The figures show that P2P traffic is down 8.75 percent year-on-year while streaming content traffic is up 170 percent over the same period. More notably, streaming content traffic is rising almost 9 percent per month, at a very steady pace. PlusNet says with P2P traffic down for the year, P2P only accounts for 26 percent of total Internet traffic, down from an all time high of 36 percent last year.

The numbers can only mean good things for the industry which has long used P2P traffic as an excuse to block high bandwidth users or charge more for those who use excessive amounts of bandwidth. If these numbers prove accurate, then it seems customers are happy viewing their content legally and the media industry is doing a good job in getting content easily available to consumers who otherwise had no alternative.

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6 user comments

17.9.2008 14:14

Indeed, plus if legal streaming (HD or not) content gets an even bigger chunk of the pie maybe it will force Comcrap to remove the bandwidth cap they are imposing in October.

28.9.2008 1:37
susieqbbb
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But you need to also understand that even if Comcast didn't have the cap...

Sooner or later they will be sued for false advertising.

Because they advertise that they are the fastest connection that they are faster then dsl and because of them advertising this way they will get in trouble.

38.9.2008 2:38

Originally posted by susieqbbb:
But you need to also understand that even if Comcast didn't have the cap...

Sooner or later they will be sued for false advertising.

Because they advertise that they are the fastest connection that they are faster then dsl and because of them advertising this way they will get in trouble.
Well what you are saying is a bit different, at least the way I interpret it.

The "Bandwidth Cap" isn't a speed limiter, it is a traffic limiter.

You can download/upload as fast as the connection allows ("Faster than DSL" according to Comcast) but you can only download or upload to a limit (250GB) before they cut you off.

Other companies that offer DSL, Cable, and other connection types, haven't billed themselves as "Unlimited" if they are capped.

The only way Comcast is gonna get sued for false advertising is if they continue to say it is "Unlimited" after they impose the cap.

48.9.2008 14:38
oappi
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lol @ susieqbbb
Well maybe they should stop advertising their service as "fastest" if it isnt... simple as that and no one gets sued.

This just proved that there was demand that wasnt been filled by other way. So mostly it was their own fault. I can give yet another good hint to slash illeagel download with good %. Start making world wide movie releases. Most people dont want to watch crappy cam versio of movie, but they have to if they want to see the movie before it is been sold on dvd. Some times it takes over half a year before movie gets to some european countries (and sometimes they are never shown in theaters i think underworld 2 never came here where i live)... thats total bs

511.9.2008 10:38

That drop in percentage isnt coming from me.

615.9.2008 8:33

Bandwidth is still bandwidth. Comcrap and the other cable companies need that bandwidth for the ir HD TV. Piracy was only an excuse to bang some heads. They will need a cap or a surcharge for heavy use even if it is leagal. This will hasten not slow down the inevitable.

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