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How much data do I need to stream Binge?
Streaming too much video can take a toll on your data allowance.
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New streaming service Binge aims to make it easy for viewers to indulge in their favourite content. It also comes with an appealing content library, so you might find yourself watching shows or movies for hours on end. This translates to a lot of data consumption. Exactly how much depends on a variety of factors, but we have some rough numbers for you.
Binge offers three types of subscription plans. The cheapest, at $10/month, allows you to stream in SD quality on 1 device at a time. The next offers HD streaming and 2 simultaneous streams for $14/month, while $18/month buys you 4 concurrent streams. Binge doesn't support 4K video quality at the moment.
We're mentioning this because the video quality you watch in is one of the factors that impact your data allowance. Others can include the device you're watching on and your Internet speed. Binge prides itself on offering an improved user experience that takes advantage of the latest compression technology, so you might notice that you use less data than usual when binging your favourite shows and movies on the platform.Given the fluctuation via devices and Internet speed, you can expect an hour of streaming in SD quality to burn through 0.675GB to 1.125GB, while an hour of streaming in HD quality will consume between 1.8GB and 3.25GB. That's on par with sister product's Kayo Sports' data usage.
If you have an unlimited data plan, this isn't something you should worry about. If you're on a limited data allowance you might want to keep an eye on exactly how much content you watch. The same applies if you're streaming video on your smartphone and tablet using mobile data.
Need more data?
We live in a data-driven world. If you're on a limited broadband plan, you probably know just how frustrating that can be. Everything you do on the Internet consumes data, from checking Instagram to playing an online game to downloading a new app to your mobile device.
If you find yourself running out of data more often than you'd like, consider upgrading to a better Internet plan. To make sure you get the best deal possible, head over to our comparison of unlimited broadband plans and our guide to high-data mobile plans. Otherwise if you need any help to get started with Binge, here's a helpful set-up guide.
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