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How much data do I need?

According to a 2016 Roy Morgan study, the average person in Australia above the age of 14 watches over 18 hours of TV per week, on average. For large households, that's a lot of screen time. And with more Aussies transitioning from traditional over-the-air TV to Internet TV services, all those hours equate to a heap of GBs.

So, how much data do Australia's most popular streaming services use?

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Hourly data usage SD – 0.7 GB/hr
HD – 3 GB/hr
Ultra HD – 7 GB/hr
SD – 1.35 GB/hr
HD – 3.15 GB/hr
SD – 1.13 GB/hr
HD – 2.89 GB/hr
Ultra HD – 7 GB/hr
Average data use per month* SD – 36.4 GB/mth
HD – 156 GB/mth
Ultra HD – 364 GB/mth
SD – 70.2 GB/mth
HD – 164 GB/mth
SD – 58.76 GB/mth
HD – 150 GB/mth
Ultra HD – 364 GB/mth
Recommended Internet speed SD – 3Mbps
HD – 5Mbps
Ultra HD – 25Mbps
SD – 3Mbps
HD – 7Mbps
SD – 3Mbps
HD – 7.5Mbps
Ultra HD – 15Mbps

* Assuming 52 hours per month


Did you know?

Netflix Australia is automatically set to stream at the highest quality level that your Internet connection can provide without the need for buffering. So if your Internet speed tends to fluctuate, you'll find that your video may lag at times. Because of this, it's hard to say how much data exactly you'll be using, but the good thing is, you can change these settings at anytime from low all the way to the highest. Keep in mind, you'll probably have a bad viewing experience if you choose the lowest option.

What to consider when choosing a broadband bundle

Your location

Where you live affects the plans available to you. Some broadband providers may not service your area yet, which means you won't be able to sign up with a particular provider. And if the NBN hasn't fully rolled out in your area, you won't be eligible for an NBN plan either.

Broadband technology

There are a number of different technologies that provide broadband Internet. These include the NBN, ADSL, cable, naked DSL and SHDSL. There's also mobile broadband, which is a portable solution typically delivered over the same network your smartphone operates on. Speeds and data caps on mobile broadband plans are often much lower than regular fixed-line broadband plans.

Price

You'll rarely find broadband bundles available for less than $70 a month, and they can go all the way up to $200+ depending on the entertainment package you're signing up for.

Data usage

Nowadays, you're not going to find many broadband bundles with data caps at all. Most include unlimited data, letting you stream to your heart's content without worrying about racking up excess data charges.

Internet speed

It goes without saying that the higher your Internet speed, the better your streaming experience is going to be. At a bare minimum, you're going to need a plan capable of delivering a consistent 3.5Mbps for standard definition video, but you'll likely want significantly faster speeds to enjoy higher-definition content and to avoid buffering issues.

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    SimoneJune 30, 2015

    if I join optus naked broadband on the lowest data plan and subscribe to Netflix – can I watch unlimited Netflix as optus says it’s unmetered?

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      BrodieJuly 1, 2015

      Hi Simone,

      Unmetered Netflix is available on any fixed-line home broadband plan– including the low-tier plans. Unmetered Netflix is not available on their mobile broadband plans.

      Hope that helps,

      Brodie

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