Though some silly folks would tell you piracy is rampant online, research on the North American sector from Web analytics firm Sandvine shows P2P usage has been declining in recent years, dropping to 13.2 percent of all bandwidth, while video and music streaming account for a whopping 45.7 percent. Suprisingly enough, this comes in ahead of web browsing at 24.3 percent (presumably this refers to browsing that doesn't involve streaming). Basically, people really love to stream.
This is all great news for companies like Netflix who are surely raking in the dough, accounting for 20.6 percent of all "peak period bytes downloaded on fixed access networks in North America." And having launched recently in Canada, it has accounted for 95 percent of all traffic at its peak, and that's been with a limited selection (quite a few more titles have been added the past few weeks, though). You may have wondered why the service was experiencing brief outages recently -- yeah, we're pretty sure that's why.
This actually puts Netflix ahead of BitTorrent services, which goes to show the solution to piracy is to compete with it -- any sensible person will tell you the experience on Netflix is just easier and better than pirating.