How Fast Does Your ISP Stream Netflix Australia?

Information verified correct on December 3rd, 2016

How does the cost of your broadband connection stack up against how fast you can stream Netflix Australia?

Yesterday, Netflix Australia released a graph showing how fast, on average, each of Australia’s biggest Internet Service Providers stream Netflix Australia during prime-time hours. So, how fast does your ADSL provider stream Netflix Australia, and is it worth switching if your ISP aren’t pulling their weight?

ISPNetflix Australia Streaming Speed (Mbps)Cost for Unlimited (per month)Speed per dollar value
TPG3.36$59.99.056 Mbps/$
Optus3.27$90.036 Mbps/$
iiNet3.24$89.90 (1000GB).036 Mbps/$
iPrimus3.03$99.95.034 Mbps/$
Exetel2.56$59.043 Mbps/$
Dodo2.29$59.80.038 Mbps/$
Telstra2.23$130 (500GB).017 Mbps/$

The results of the speed index might surprise you, especially if you’re a Telstra customer. Telstra, who own 50% of Foxtel and opposition streaming service, Presto, have the lowest average speed for streaming Netflix Australia at 2.23 Mbps.

If you’re a big Netflix Australia user, this news no doubt has you reconsidering your broadband provider, and it’s a reasonable concern. We’ve ranked each of the big broadband providers by comparing the cost of their high-tier packages with the rate at which they stream Netflix Australia.
Here are the results:

RankISPSpeed/Dollar value
6Telstra.017 Mbps/$
5iPrimus.034 Mbps/$
4Optus/iiNet.036 Mbps/$
3Dodo.038 Mbps/$
2Exetel.043 Mbps/$
1TPG.056 Mbps/$

Netflix Australia have stated that they are working closely with these ISPs to increase the performance of Netflix Australia across the board. After a whirlwind launch month, Netflix Australia also admitted that they weren’t prepared for such a big following so quickly– it looks like poor foresight is partly to blame for abysmal streaming speeds.

Also, iiNet and Optus, who offer nearly the same speed for Netflix Australia streamers, both cache Netflix Australia data, enabling a much faster stream for uses connected through their services.

The possibility remains that some ISPs have been prioritising or de-prioritising Netflix Australia traffic through their servers. Though, this would be an insanely dumb move for any provider right now, especially with all the heat surrounding the Net Neutrality debate.

Knowing which Internet Service Provider will give you the best speed has always been a bit of a mystery. Like the data exists in a black hole somewhere, never to be retrieved. But, all jokes aside, it is a fairly difficult number to estimate as there are so many factors that speed can be affected by. Distance from the exchange, line degradation and location can all affect speed, which in turn influences the quality of our streams and download speeds.

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