Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 04:09 UTC
Internet & Networking A new report confirms what you might have guessed. Netflix downloads hog nearly one third of the internet's bandwidth. "Netflix consumes 32.7 percent of the Internet's peak downstream traffic in North America, and ... continues to be the most powerful driver of evening traffic, and for that matter, of daily traffic overall." The report continues: "...despite some negative subscriber reaction to price hikes, Netflix has continued to increase its presence by adding 1 million U.S. subscribers since the Spring 2011 report, and by many measures Netflix rules North America's fixed access networks."
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there is also public libraries
by transputer_guy on Fri 4th Nov 2011 06:22 UTC
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Well after I dumped Comcast TV years ago I found I could get most of the SciFi and other content I want from the two excellent public library systems in Massachusetts namely Minuteman and CMars. If it isn't in the nearest library then it can be requested through the systems. The choice is far more limited than Netflix or any pay service and we have to wait months for new movies or shows. It is possible to borrow quite a few DVDs or DVD series sets at anyone time if you really push the system.

I estimate these systems have no more than maybe 10k unique titles and not always in the best condition either but it is already payed for in real estate taxes so why not use it. I have to visit the library every week anyway for the kids books.

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