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Netflix and YouTube account for over half of America’s Internet usage


Netflix and YouTube between them account for more than half of American traffic on the Internet, according to data from broadband company Sandvine, totalling 50.31 percent of peaktime downstream usage.

The numbers need to be viewed with a certain amount of caution, measuring data transmission rather than number of people watching. For example, Netflix sits well above YouTube not because it attracts more eyes, but because people watch longer, higher-quality videos on Netflix.

By this measure, companies would also be penalised for more efficient data-transmission protocols – squeezing more video into the same amount of data, so it’s possible that Amazon Video and Hulu are a little more than the also-rans they appear here – but with those kinds of numbers, the overall picture is clear.

YouTube’s share may further increase this month when offline viewing is introduced.

Android usage of Major League Baseball site increases – but Apple still dominates

[protected-iframe id=”e84502c600b26160ce1e59c8bcccf9dd-22427743-8994189″ info=”” width=”512″ height=”288″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”] digital head Bob Bowman told AllThingsD that they were slowly picking up Android users – up from 20% two years ago to 30% today – but that iOS users still spend more.

The site offers a free app with a choice of paid subscriptions, at $19.99/month and $24.99/month. Bowman said that the majority of paid sign-ups came from iOS users … Expand