How much data do I need to stream Netflix?

Brodie Fogg 23 June 2017 NEWS

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

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 Optus offer unmetered Netflix streaming for an extra $10 per month, 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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    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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