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Netflix gulps up even more Internet bandwidth

The Netflix Inc. website displays the "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards" series on laptop computers in this arranged photograph in Washington, D.C.
The Netflix Inc. website displays the "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards" series on laptop computers in this arranged photograph in Washington, D.C. File photo

Netflix now makes up an even bigger percentage of the Internet than ever. According to a new report by Sandvine, a Canadian company that measures bandwidth, Netflix makes up 36.5 percent of all internet traffic, up 2 percent in just the past six months and more than double its closest competitor, YouTube, which takes up just over 15 percent.

Netflix has been one of the leading advocates for net neutrality, which prevents Internet service providers from slowing down service, although it has at times paid companies such as Comcast and Verizon to maintain the quality of its video streams.

Facebook, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu all take up less than 3 percent, according to the new report, as does HBO GO and HBO Now, except during the “Game of Thrones” season five premiere, which took up over 4 percent of Internet bandwidth.

The Sandvine report was first reported by Variety.

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