Kevin Spacey does not tolerate outages.
’Twas the night before Christmas
And through snow and ice
Not a movie was streaming
On any device
Such was the dilemma in many a household last Christmas Eve, when Netflix went down for almost five hours.
The timing was both terrible and understandable. On one hand, there were roughly a bazillion newly opened electronic devices in use. On the other, well, there were roughly a bazillion newly opened electronic devices in use.
If anything, the demand for bandwidth figures to be even higher this year, so could a similar outage strike tonight? I asked Subhash Roy, chief executive of Q Factor, a Waltham company that specializes in preventing data “packet loss” from ruining your streaming experience.
“The odds are probably 50-50 that the same thing will happen,” Roy told me. “There are more tablets out there. I’d say you’ll actually see more of this happening because there’s more content out there, and everyone wants to see it in high definition on their new devices.”
Not exactly the encouragement I was hoping for.
On the plus side, network service providers are pretty good at catching up to demand, so an overload now should be no problem in a short while.
“Today’s peak is tomorrow’s average,” Roy said.