Despite efforts to combat online piracy, BitTorrent traffic has increased by 40% in North America over the past six months.
Internet users who share files on torrent sites are responsible for the vast majority of uploads in North America, with a whopping 37% of all traffic.
But new download statistics paint a different picture. Video streaming services like Netflix and YouTube account for almost 49% of all downstream traffic, with BitTorrent downloads at 12%.
Two years ago, torrents accounted for 17% of internet traffic, through the reduction is due to an increase in the popularity of video streaming rather than a reduction in torrent use.
"Legal media consumption through Netflix and other media portals is definitely on the rise, but BitTorrent traffic is still booming," writes Torrent Freak in response to the study by Sandvine. "It will be interesting to see whether the upcoming 'six-strikes' BitTorrent crackdown in the United States can slow down this upward trend."
As previously reported on Ultimate-Guitar, the forthcoming six-strikes rules by ISPs will send warnings to people who persistently download illegal content.
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