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Netflix’s Overall Electricity Usage Jumped 84% in 2019, Outpacing Subscriber Growth

Netflix disclosed that its total energy consumption in 2019 was 451,000 megawatt-hours — enough to power around 40,000 average American homes for a full year. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/L5U68MU

MetroPCS offers streaming music that won’t eat up your data plan

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Using Music Unlimited, a feature equivalent to T-Mobile’s Music Freedom, MetroPCS subscribers with 3 gigabytes or more of 4G LTE data available on their plan can listen to any of 33 different music streaming services without tapping into their high-speed data. The feature supports Pandora, Apple Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio as well as smaller services, with more on the way. – Lance Whitney, CNET

Check out the massive amount of data Netflix video streaming uses each month

Netflix users streamed some 6.5 billion hours of video during the first quarter of the year, CordCuttersNews has learned, which amounts to over 19,500,000 terabytes (TB) during the period, or around 6,500,000TB every month. […] Average Netflix data usage has apparently increased by 2,500,000TB every month compared to the same period last year, when the company streamed 4 billion hours of video totaling 12,000,000 TB. – Chris Smith,BGR 
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Study: Netflix Dominates Canadian Online Streaming

The U.S. video streaming giant’s local service, Netflix Canada, now accounts for up to 40 percent of bandwidth usage during evening hours, according to a report issued Thursday by Canadian researcher Sandvine. That compares to Netflix representing 34.2 percent of downstream usage in primetime evening hours in the U.S. market, according to a March 2014 Sandvine report. […] Sandvine said the dominance of Netflix and YouTube makes the Canadian market ripe for new U.S. streaming services. “No other paid over-the-top video service accounts for more than 1 percent of traffic in the evening, making Canada a prime candidate for the introduction of new streaming options,” the report said. – Etan Vlessing,The Hollywood Reporter 
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ARD says TV content drives rising internet use in Germany

Public broadcaster ARD/ZDF said 55.6 million people in Germany use the internet, or 79 percent of the population aged 14 and over. This is a rise of 1.4 million from last year. ARD said one in two web users utilises mobile internet, driven by rising demand for television content. Use of broadcasters’ VoD services has climbed from 28 percent in 2013 to 32 percent in 2014. ARD said 35 percent of web users watch time-shift TV and 25 percent watch telly ‘live’. Internet TV accounts for 3 percent of daily television viewing, or 8 minutes out of 248 minutes, up from five minutes and 2 percent of viewing time. – Telecompaper
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The GAO finds a few problems with broadband data caps

The GAO conducted eight focus groups and interviewed several experts (I was interviewed by the GAO as part of the report) to try to understand why data caps exist, what effect they have on the consumer and how they might influence innovation. The study covers both wireless and wireline, although already it seems a bit dated given that the findings only mention one wireless carrier throttling speeds, when all carriers now do so. But it’s the wireline side that concerns me, mostly because data caps aren’t a good tool for managing network congestion but are an exemplary tool for getting consumers — especially heavy users — to pay more for data. – Stacey Higginbotham, Gigaom