Save the internet: Nuke Netflix and YouTube

If you wanted to double the bandwidth of the internet overnight you could nuke Netflix and Youtube, according to a new survey.

More than half the traffic on the net is created by people watching Netflix movies and amusing videos of cats, according to Sandvine’s latest Global Internet Phenomena Report.

Last year, Netflix and YouTube made up 47.8 percent of total downstream traffic but this year the pair hit 50.3 percent.

Actually the real winner was YouTube as Netflix lost a bit of ground. It appears YouTube’s audience discovered that not only cats could be amusing, but dogs and pandas.

What is bad news is that video services like Hulu and Amazon traffic numbers are slipping,

Amazon accounted for 1.6 percent of total downstream traffic in September, compared with an average of 1.75 percent in the second half of 2012.

For Hulu, meanwhile, September’s 1.29 percent came up short of the 1.38 percent it captured last year.

All up, it would appear that less people are watching paid for movie content and are obeying the will of their feline overlords to watch YouTube instead.