Twitch is bigger than HBO Go, according to Sandvine’s traffic data


When TV executives talk about TV Everywhere, they tend to point to HBO Go as the industry’s biggest success story. But the streaming service, which is only available to viewers that subscribe to HBO through their pay TV subscriber, still has a ways to go to catch up with its online competition: New data from Sandvine shows that HBO streams amounted for just 1.24 percent of all residential downstream traffic during peak times in early 2014.

That’s not only a whole lot less than Netflix, which was responsible for 34.21 percent of all downstream traffic during the same time, it also puts HBO Go behind services like Amazon Video (1.9 percent of all peak downstream traffic), Hulu Plus (1.74 percent) and even gaming video-focused Twitch (1.35 percent). That means that in early 2014, streams of people playing video games were still more popular than streams of “Game of Thrones” and…

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