Video gluttons sucking up Internet capacity

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

New York (NY) – Video addicts are eating up Internet bandwidth at an alarming rate, according to a new article by the New York Times.  Author Steve Lohr says these “road hogs” are causing local congestion in network traffic and that network usage could outstrip capacity in the near future.

Web surfers are increasingly viewing web clips like those on YouTube and the recently released Hulu.com service.  They are also delving into video chat which obviously uses more bandwidth than audio or text chatting.

By 2011 demand could outpace network capacity.  While this won’t result in the Internet completely crashing, local areas will experience much slower downloads and delays in web site browsing.  Heck don’t we have that already (damn you Time Warner!).

Read more … New York Times.