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Cam Cullen - VP of Global Marketing
By Cam Cullen - VP of Global Marketing
September 28, 2018

Everyone knows Netflix is a leader on the internet. The question is if they are #1 across the entire internet as they have expanded their presence and library worldwide. 

In the biggest teaser/reveal so far for the upcoming Global Internet Phenomena Report, Sandvine can reveal that Netflix is the #1 downstream application worldwide with almost 15% of global internet traffic. 


This is a very impressive number for a few reasons. 

First, the competition for attention and screen time is higher than ever before, and that competition is from both other video sources (Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Go, BBC iPlayer, and the list grows in each region) as well as gaming and social networking, both of which are using increasing amounts of bandwidth as they deliver immersive interactivity and video experiences. 

Second, network operators around the world, especially on mobile networks, are managing video traffic to the "Standard Definition (SD)" resolution more and more to prevent their networks from becoming congested. YouTube (which as historically dominated the mobile video landscape) is the hardest hit by this phenomena, but it also affects Netflix, who is being bundled as a package with many mobile plans by operators offering unlimited (but managed) video streaming.

Finally, Netflix is the most efficient video streaming service in terms of bandwidth usage. The final report will go into more detail but here is an example. Below is a capture of Hot Fuzz downloaded to my iPad. Notice the file size of 459.7MB.

Netflix Graphic 1

The same file on iTunes:

Netflix Graphic 2

The file size ranges from 4.86GB for 1080p, 4.15GB for 720p, and 1.86GB for SD. 

Even with that that level of differential, Netflix is still #1. 

In the meantime, register for our Global Internet Phenomena webinar on October 2, where you' receive further insights from data and exclusive access to the report, which will be sent directly to your inbox immediately upon release:

10 a.m. Eastern US Time, October 2nd

Register for the Webinar

9 p.m. Eastern US Time, October 2nd

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Previous Phenomena Previews

Global Internet Phenomena Preview #1: Ookla Speedtest
Global Internet Phenomena Preview #2: Crashlytics
Global Internet Phenomena Preview #3: PlayStation vs. Xbox Live vs. Steam
Global Internet Phenomena Preview #4: File sharing
Global Internet Phenomena Preview #5: Alexa vs. Siri
Global Internet Phenomena Preview #6: Tesla
Global Internet Phenomena Preview #7: Peloton

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