By 2018, the amount of video crossing global IP networks on a monthly basis would take an individual over 5 million years to watch. Every second, nearly a million minutes of video content will cross the network.
Globally, IP video traffic will be nearly 80 percent of all consumer Internet traffic by 2018, up from 66 percent in 2013. If video exchanged through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing is added, the sum of all forms of video (TV, video on demand [VoD], Internet, and P2P) increases to between 80 and 90 percent of global consumer traffic.
Internet video to TV doubled in 2013 and will continue to grow at a rapid pace, increasing fourfold by 2018. Internet video to TV traffic will be 14 percent of all consumer Internet video traffic by that time, up from 11 percent in 2013.
Consumer VoD traffic will double by 2018. The amount of VoD traffic will then be equivalent to 6 billion DVDs per month.
Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2013-2018