I don't know anyone who uses Netflix either... Apparently the Aus catalogue is very small. I have a bigger catalogue of on-demand from Foxtel.
You do, now. I use Netflix - the US version, mind you - for about half a year now.
The number of movies on the Aus version have been cut to about 1/5th of the US version, apparently. But it's still a lot.
It's just the new speed of our bastardised NBN.
I think you're right, from what I've read. Fibre to the node instead of fibre to the premise. But how many people have NBN yet anyway? Netflix is probably killing all ADSL connections.
Nope, the rollout is crappola as of yet, so if there's a problem it's more likely something that has been building for a while.
I use netflix on an ADSL2, and even from the US it streams very nicely. Chews through about 3-4GB for a full HD movie, but that's all. And it'll be the same on adsl or fibre, it does not matter.
Now, gents, two thoughts;
1) netflix probably did increase the usage, somewhat. But that alone is not as much as smh would like you to think, in my opinion. (c'mon, seriously? smh for IT news?!? the guys don't know which end of an ethernet cable to touch...
2) The bandwidth is like a pipe. You can get more and more through it, but once it's near-full, even a tiny bit extra can trigger a serious problem. Suddenly packets are bunched up, packets that would normally have gone through without delay. And it just keeps pooling up, unless demand drops.
So if it was indeed netflix tipping the scales, then we were probably damn close to having a problem anyway.
If it's indeed in the iinet group only? Then it's probably not netflix. (unless it's eating the same bandwidth iinet users are - which would be weird, server hosting is usually sitting on separate networks from customers) Netflix would be used by people on all ISP's about equally. Hence the other big ones would feel the pinch much more.
P.s. I've noticed a few funny nights recently, too. And I'm with 'node (iinet group) on the central coast.
Not sure if there's any global issue here, netflix or otherwise, or simply one or two exchanges can't cope with the load - temporarily, or simply due to slowly increasing usage.
But I'd also note that it seems some people are gunning for iiNet - not the first time. They had lawsuits before, they had one recently, and now they're singled out here, again. Funny, especially since TPG apparently have bought it out. Which, if it goes through, will flatten the ISP landscape in this country, considerably