Is your broadband plan ready for Internet TV?

What do Netflix, Quickflix, Stan and Presto all have in common? They can all eat up your speed and data from your broadband.

It's that dreaded message: 'You've gone over you data limit. We're going to have to charge you extra for this.'

We've all done it - and it won't be hard to do again once you've got the power of Internet TV and all its wonders at your fingertips. So how do you keep the extra expenses at bay without depriving yourself of the latest season of Better Call Saul or House of Cards?

You need to consider your plan options, my friend.

It might be that you're on an unlimited data plan already, which means you probably won't get that dreaded message. But if you're not, or if you're looking to shave off some $$ from your broadband bill by changing providers, then you've come to the right place to see how different broadband bundles stack up when it comes to Internet TV access on the cheap.

Be mindful that connection speed tends to be slower during high peak times, because everyone is trying to go online. But as more and more Aussie join the streaming bandwagon, it's hard to say when or if all the time will be 'peak time'.

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How much data do I need on average?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), during 2011 and 2012, the average Australia adult consumes 13 hours per week watching TV. You will also need to take into account your kid's data usage, if you have any, and any guests who may use the Wi-Fi.

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. Due to this setting, 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.

So, can your current data cap and broadband connection handle streaming services?

Internet TV Provider netflix logoNetflix FSDLogo_quickflixQuickflix stanStan Presto Internet TVPresto
What streaming qualities are available and how much data does it take?
  • SD - 0.7GB/hr
  • HD - 3GB/hr
  • Ultra HD - 7GB/hr
  • SD - 1GB/hr
  • HD - 1.5GB/h
  • SD - 1GB/hr
  • HD - 1.5GB/hr
  • SD - 1.3 GB/hr
Average data use per month (assuming 52 hour per month)
  • SD - 36 GB/mth
  • HD - 156 GB/mth
  • Ultra HD - 364 GB/mth
  • SD - 52 GB/mth
  • HD - 78GB/mth
  • SD - 52 GB/mth
  • HD - 78 GB/mth
  • SD - 67.6 GB/mth
Connection speed recommended
  • SD - 6Mbps
  • HD - 8Mbps
  • Ultra HD - 25 Mbps
  • SD - 6Mbps
  • HD - 8Mbps
  • SD - 6Mbps
  • HD - 8Mbps
  • SD - 6Mbps
Which ISPs offers unlimited data?
  • Optus
  • iiNet
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Telstra Bigpond
  • Foxtel Broadband

What is currently offered by the big telco players?

Optus entertainment bundles Telstra entertainment package iiNet entertainment package Dodo with Fetch
Description If you buy any $60 or above home broadband 24 month plan, you'll get 6 months Netflix Australia. Netflix has been integrated with Optus TV and Fetch Generation 2 Set Up box. Telstra currently offers four different levels of entertainment. On their Foxtel package, you can get a range of premium channels, plus option sports, drama or movies. iiNet has also teamed up with Fetch TV. Once you've bought the set top box you can add extra channels at $19.95 p/m. You'll also get access to Netflix. Dodo TV is powered by Fetch TV, giving you access to a huge range of channels and entertainment.
Options available
  • Home broadband
  • Mobile phone data plans
  • Mobile broadband
  • Home broadband
  • iiNet TV Bundle (home broadband)
  • Standalone ADSL+ Plan
  • Home broadband
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Modem Provider Plan Name Contract Type Data Price
Wireless Modem
$0
Tellnet Metro $69.95 Bundle 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $69.95
BYO Modem iPrimus No Worries Platinum Unlimited Data Bundle 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $129.95
BYO Modem AusBBS On-Net ADSL Unlimited + Line Rental Monthly ADSL2+ Unlimited $59.75
Wireless Modem
$0
Dodo ADSL2+ Unlimited (Bundle) 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $59.80
BYO Modem AusBBS NBN Fibre Unlimited Tier 1 Uni-V Bundle Monthly NBN Tier 1 Unlimited $59.95
Wireless Modem
$0
TPG NBN Unlimited Standard Bundle Monthly NBN Tier 1 Unlimited $59.99
BYO Modem EXETEL Unlimited ADSL2+ Plan 12 ADSL2+ Unlimited $59.99
BYO Modem SpinTel Urban Home Unlimited ADSL2+ Bundle Monthly ADSL2+ Unlimited $64.95
Router and IP Phone
$0
Harbour ISP Unlimited Tier 1 NBN Plan Bundle 24 NBN Tier 1 Unlimited $65
BYO Modem AusBBS NBN Fibre Unlimited Tier 2 Uni-V Bundle Monthly NBN Tier 2 Unlimited $69.95
Wireless Modem
$0
Tellnet Metro $69.95 Bundle 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $69.95
Wireless Modem
$0
Tellnet Simple $79 Bundle 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $79
BYO Modem Boom Broadband NBN Plan Unlimited Tier 1 Bundle Monthly NBN Tier 1 Unlimited $80
BYO Modem Commander Bundled Unlimited Plan 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $84.95
Wireless Modem
$0
Tellnet $89.95 International Bundle 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $89.95
BYO Modem Boom Broadband NBN Plan Unlimited Tier 2 Bundle Monthly NBN Tier 2 Unlimited $90
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $115 Cable Broadband and Phone Bundle Plan 24 Cable Unlimited $90
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $115 Cable Entertainment Bundle Plan 24 Cable Unlimited $90
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $115 Entertainment Bundle Plan 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $90
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $115 Home Broadband and Phone Bundle Plan 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $90
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $115 NBN Broadband and Phone Bundle Plan with Speed Pack 2 24 NBN Tier 2 Unlimited $90
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $115 NBN Entertainment Bundle on Fibre with Speed Pack 2 24 NBN Tier 2 Unlimited $90
Wireless Modem
$0
Engin Phone & Broadband Super Charged Bundle 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $94.95
Wireless Modem
$0
Tellnet Simple $99 Bundle 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $99
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $115 NBN Broadband and Phone Bundle on Fibre with Speed Pack 3 24 NBN Tier 4 Unlimited $100
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $115 NBN Entertainment Bundle on Fibre with Speed Pack 3 24 NBN Tier 4 Unlimited $100
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $115 NBN Broadband and Phone Bundle on Fibre with Speed Pack 4 24 NBN Tier 5 Unlimited $110
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $115 NBN Entertainment Bundle on Fibre with Speed Pack 4 24 NBN Tier 5 Unlimited $110
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $115 Office Broadband and Phone Bundle Plan 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $115
Wireless Modem
$0
Tellnet Simple $119 Bundle 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $119
BYO Modem iPrimus PrimusNet ADSL2+ No Worries Unlimited Data Bundle Monthly ADSL2+ Unlimited $119.90
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $125 Cable Broadband and Phone Bundle Plan Month to Month Monthly Cable Unlimited $125
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $125 Cable Entertainment Bundle Plan Month to Month Monthly Cable Unlimited $125
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $125 Entertainment Bundle Plan Month to Month Monthly ADSL2+ Unlimited $125
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $125 Home Broadband and Phone Bundle Plan Month to Month Monthly ADSL2+ Unlimited $125
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $125 NBN Broadband and Phone Bundle Plan with Speed Pack 2 Month to Month Monthly NBN Tier 2 Unlimited $125
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $125 NBN Entertainment Bundle on Fibre with Speed Pack 2 Month to Month Monthly NBN Tier 2 Unlimited $125
BYO Modem iPrimus No Worries Platinum Unlimited Data Bundle 24 ADSL2+ Unlimited $129.95
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $125 NBN Broadband and Phone Bundle on Fibre with Speed Pack 3 Monthly Monthly NBN Tier 4 Unlimited $135
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $125 NBN Entertainment Bundle on Fibre with Speed Pack 3 Monthly Monthly NBN Tier 4 Unlimited $135
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $125 NBN Broadband and Phone Bundle on Fibre with Speed Pack 4 Monthly Monthly NBN Tier 5 Unlimited $145
Wireless Modem
$0
Optus $125 NBN Entertainment Bundle on Fibre with Speed Pack 4 Monthly Monthly NBN Tier 5 Unlimited $145
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Who offers unmetered broadband plans for Internet TV streaming?

  • What does 'unmetered' mean? Unmetered content doesn't count against your data allowance, which means you can keep on streaming particular channels without worrying about going over your cap.
ISP Netflix Australia Presto Stan Quickflix Bigpond Movies Foxtel Now Fetch TV
Optus unmetered metered metered metered metered metered unmetered
Internode unmetered metered metered metered metered metered unmetered
Westnet unmetered metered metered metered metered metered unmetered
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unmetered metered metered metered metered metered unmetered
iiNet unmetered metered metered metered metered metered unmetered
Telstra metered unmetered metered metered unmetered unmetered metered
TPG metered metered metered metered metered metered metered

Which broadband plan is right for me?

  • Unlimited broadband: suitable for families

Great for maximum downloads and high use with no excess usage fees and unlimited data. Stream in Ultra HD or HD depending on your connect speed and you can choose from 12 month, 24 month and month by month plans. You can also choose from either a bundled plan or broadband only. With a bundled plan, you get a phone line with a separate pricing schedule for calls. You have the choice of whether to keep your existing modem, otherwise known as BYO, or buy the latest modem from your provider and set up your internet from there, though some provider will chuck in a new provider for free. Bundled prices start from $59.95 p/m going up to $145 p/m. You'll find that broadband connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) are the most expensive.

  • ADSL2+ Broadband monthly or no contract: suitable if you won't want to commit to a plan

It's important to note that if you intend on streaming HD or higher, you'll need to opt for a high data plan of at least 78GB per month. This will place around the $70 p/m mark. These plans are customisable too, where you can choose to BYO mode, or pay for a new one with your provider. The lowest data packs start from about 40GB per month, all the way to unlimited.

  • Naked DSL: suitable if you only want internet.

Haven't used a phone line for, well, years? A naked DSL plan comes just with the internet and no phone line rental. You can commit to monthly, bi-annual or annual plans depending your preferences. Data allowances range from 20GB to about 1.17TB - starting from $39.95 p/m to about $109.95 p/m. These plans tend to be cheaper as they're not attached to a phone bill, so if you're just living by yourself or in a share-house, this might be a good option for you.

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How do I choose a broadband plan?

Here are some considerations for comparing plans:

  • Your location

Where you'd like to be connected affects the plans available for you. Some providers may not have installed phone lines into your area yet, which means you won't be able to sign up with particular provider. If the NBN hasn't finished in your area, you won't be eligible for a NBN plan just yet.

  • Type of broadband set up

You can choose between ADSL/cable, naked DSL, SHDSL or NBN. You can also choose mobile broadband which is portable internet. It comes with a SIM card and you'll need to buy a separate modem kit.

  • Price

The cheapest plans start from $39.99 p/m and can go up to $280 p/m for the most expensive. These tend to go up Tier 5 NBN level and are considered to be platinum level internet.

  • Data usage

You'll find that the lowest home bundle plans start from 10GB p/m and go up to unlimited data. Consider how much data you'll need to stream the shows you want. Watching a On Demand service like Netflix uses about 1GB of data per hour for each stream on standard definition. This can be upped to 3GB if you're streaming on HD. If you're on a cap and wish to minimise your data usage, some streaming services will let you reduce the quality of your stream through your account preference section. Otherwise, you might have to reconsider your plan to enable you to access all the data you require for the month.

  • Bundle or not to bundle

You can choose to bundle your internet with your home phone and/or your TV. How does it work if you bundle with your TV? Your provider usually adds on an entertainment package for you, including a range of channels plus premium content.

  • Internet speed

It goes without saying that the higher your Internet speed, the better when streaming. But to stream TV and movies online, on average you should be sitting on 3.5 Mbps.

  • Freebies

Yes, FREEBIES. Many internet providers are partnered with Internet TV services to give out free subscriptions for a certain number of months. It's worth considering this when searching for ideal broadband plan bundles.

  • Unmetered streaming

On that note, many internet providers who are partnered with Internet TV services understand the demand for data to access your entertainment - so they might offer unmetered streaming for these specific On Demand providers.

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National Broadband Network (NBN)

The NBN is a current, ongoing national project to upgrade the existing phone lines in Australia for better internet. Once completed, it is estimated about 93% of the Australian population will be connected to high speed fibre internet. Should you have access to the highest tier, you could experience up to 100Mbps download speeds, up to 10 times faster than what we have now.

You'll only need Tier 1 to be able to stream up to HD quality. If you have Tier 2 onwards, you can experience Ultra HD streaming. There are four different tiers:

  • Tier 1 - 12Mbps
  • Tier 2/3 - 25Mbps
  • Tier 4 - 50Mbps
  • Tier 5 - 100Mbps

All major providers are currently offering the NBN for residences that are already connected. You can compare plans by speed or usage allowance, because let's face it, with faster internet you'll probably download a lot more.

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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, 2015Staff

      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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