How much data do I need to stream Netflix?

Brodie Fogg 23 June 2017 NEWS


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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