How Much Netflix is too Much?

LiveMint

Sep 22, 2022

Watching a half hour show on online streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Hulu et.c can lead to 1.6 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.

With each new generation, digital files are getting larger and more complex in order to deliver higher definition video. "More data equals more energy needed to maintain a system that is ready to stream this video to your device at a moment's notice," an expert told AFP. According to Livemint all the energy needed for streaming is absorbed by the data centers. These centers give out about 0.3 percent of carbon emissions.


Did you know that watching a half hour show online, on the online streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Hulu etc can lead to 1.6 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent? This is equal to driving 3.9 miles i,e 6.28 kilometers.


With each new generation, digital files are getting larger and more complex in order to deliver higher definition video. "More data equals more energy needed to maintain a system that is ready to stream this video to your device at a moment's notice," an expert told AFP. According to Livemint all the energy needed for streaming is absorbed by the data centers. These centers give out about 0.3 percent of carbon emissions.


According to the CISCO Network, a fourfold increase is expected from 2017-2022, and 80% internet traffic by 2022 will be from web based video traffic. 4K resolution screens use 30% more energy than high definition screens and now with 8K screens coming up, the energy demands are bound to be higher.


Experts suggest that disabling auto play and streaming over Wi-Fi in lower-definition formats could offer some advantages. The worst-case scenario would be watching over a 3G connection on a mobile device. Using browser extensions can help in many situations. These extensions monitor internet and electricity usage and also project the co2 emissions from the associated usage.


The biggest change would be through the wallets. "Exercising collective responsibility, with individuals demanding internet giants rapidly transition their data centers to renewable energy, has been the biggest driver thus far," says Gary Cook of Greenpeace. Also Investing in energy saving devices like Force saves energy and cuts down on your electricity bill. Visit www.enposs.com for more information.