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Report: Furloughed Government Workers Binged on Netflix

21 Oct, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

During the 16-day federal government shutdown, many furloughed workers reportedly spent their idle time streaming Netflix — especially in the Washington, D.C., area.

The Huffington Post, citing research conducted by Procera Networks, found that Netflix usage increased 15% during the week in D.C. Netflix, however, also began streaming latest past seasons to myriad TV shows and movies, including "Parks & Recreation," "The Office," "How I Met Your Mother" and "30 Rock," in addition to Escape from Planet Earth and Salinger, which could also account for the spike in streaming.

Fremont, Calif.-based Procera, which monitors data flow on ISPs, countered that Netflix streaming in another region of the country further north without the same proportion of federal government employees only saw a 4% uptick in streaming activity during the period.

"It was obvious that more people were watching Netflix on those two weeks than the previous two weeks," Cam Cullen, VP of global marketing at Procera, told The Huffington Post.

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