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How much data do I need to stream Netflix?

We take a look at Netflix data requirements and suitable broadband plans for a healthy dose of streaming.

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Streaming video-on-demand with apps like Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime has become the go-to solution for your entertainment needs. Accessibility and convenience play a big part in the increasing popularity of these services, but those benefits also bring with them heavier data requirements.

While some providers like offer unmetered Netflix streaming, most of us will be forking out extra dosh or running over our data caps if we binge a little too hard. That's why it's important to understand how much data you will need to stream Netflix without worrying about hitting your cap. The estimated usage below was calculated off a 10-hour viewing week.

You also have to take into consideration all your day-to-day data needs, which is why the recommended plans offer more data than necessary for streaming alone.

How much data will Netflix use?

This depends on what quality you're streaming Netflix at. Usage varies depending on whether you're streaming in SD, HD or 4K. Below is a guide to how much data Netflix will consume at each quality grade:

Low quality: 300MB/hour

Est. monthly usage: 12GB/month

Recommended data: 50GB/month

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Standard definition (SD): 700MB/hour

Est. monthly usage: 28GB/month

Recommended data: 100GB/month

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High definition (HD): 3GB/hour

Est. monthly usage: 120GB/month

Recommended data: 500GB/month

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Ultra HD (UHD): 7GB/hour

Est. monthly usage: 280GB/month

Recommended data: Unlimited/month

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    SueFebruary 20, 2020

    I am a new user on the 30-day trial. I can no longer get Netflix on my Smart TV but I can access it on my iPad. I would prefer accessing it on my TV only. How do I do this?

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      AshFebruary 20, 2020

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for contacting Finder.

      To continue your Netflix subscription, you must check the plan that you currently have. If you have subscribed for the Basic Plan which is $9.99 every month, it will let you access Netflix on a single screen which means that if you are using your Netflix account on your iPad, you will not be able to watch Netflix on your TV. I suggest that you log-out your Netflix account from all your devices except your Smart TV. You may read this page to know more about the different monthly plans that Netflix has to offer.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    billNovember 27, 2018

    Can I have Netflix installed on my TV by a tech? If so how much would it cost? Do I need to be connected to the nbn? Also what is the monthly cost and does it include Foxtel Sports NRL, cricket and golf?

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      JoelNovember 27, 2018

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Can I have Netflix installed on my TV by a tech?
      – I’m not sure if this is possible since Netflix is very easy to install. You can call up their customer support number by going to their website or via the mobile Netflix app on your phone to see if they can help you install it on the phone.

      Do I need to be connected to the nbn?
      – Not necessarily. You can stream Netflix on your regular DSL or mobile connection. As per Netflix, you’ll need a minimum of 0.5 megabits per second (Mbps), but Netflix recommends 1.5 Mbps. For DVD quality, you will need 3.0 Mbps. For HD quality, you will need 5.0 Mbps.

      Also what is the monthly cost?
      – Netflix Australia starts from $9.99 per month for the entry-level, single-stream standard definition package, all the way up to $17.99 for the deluxe, 4K quality, four-stream package.

      does it include Foxtel Sports NRL, cricket and golf?
      – Netflix does not include Live sports. Netflix offers access to unlimited movies and television programs including true crime and documentaries but the service doesn’t offer sports programming. You cannot access live sporting events nor can you watch recorded football, basketball or baseball games from the NRL, Cricket or Golf.

      Please send me a message if you need anything else. :)

      Cheers,
      Joel

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