Study Shows Netflix Surpasses Piracy In Online Traffic

Legal video streaming has become so popular that it’s starting to make movie piracy obsolete. A study shows that Netflix streaming takes up more online traffic than any other service.

Wired relays a PDF report from network management and measurement company Sandvine that says Netflix users make up 22.2 percent of all American broadband traffic, edging out BitTorrent’s 21.6 percent. At times, Netflix’s traffic share rises to 30 percent.

If you used to download movies, did online streaming deter you from your former habit?

Netflix Passes Piracy in U.S. Net Traffic [Sandvine (PDF) via Wired]