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'Netflix and buffer?'

Andrew MacFarlane

New Zealand's data use has doubled in the past year, and it's meaning long wait times for video watchers.


“Netflix and chilling” has made New Zealand’s broadband providers hot under the collar.

A new report from internet provider Chorus said data use had doubled in the last year – and it was all thanks to internet streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube.

Titled the “Netflix effect”, the pay-to-view provider used nearly 35 percent of all data during peak nighttime periods, which meant long buffering times for binge watchers.

However it was not all bad news, a new fibre-broadband network aimed to speed up internet access is expected to be completed by 2020.