By now, there’s a good chance you might have heard that Netflix has a new hit TV series on its hands in the form of Squid Game, a South Korean TV series where participants in the fictional game play games from their childhood with deadly results in hopes of winning a massive amount of money.
It has proven itself to be such a hit that apparently it caused a huge increase in traffic that resulted in South Korean ISP SK Broadband having to perform extra maintenance work, so much so that the company is now suing Netflix and are asking them to pay for the costs of the work involved.
Apparently this has been a bit of a growing concern because according to the figures, Netflix’s data handled by SK has seen a jump of 24 times since May 2018 until September 2021, which amounted to about 1.2 trillion bits of data processed per second. It wasn’t all because of Squid Game as Netflix’s other hit shows also contributed to this increase in data consumption.
According to the courts, they say that Netflix should “reasonably” give SK something in return for the network usage. Netflix has since said they will be reviewing SK’s claim and will be seeking to have dialogue with the ISP to ensure customers are not affected.