How much data you use to stream video from Netflix and similar platforms is officially the biggest question in town.
It’s undoubtedly the most commonly asked question of our all Aussie team on the phones at SkyMesh.
We’ve compiled all the information you need to answer this question right here because we think that everyone should be able to really enjoy their internet connection without stress.
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|Quality setting||Auto||Ultra High||High||Medium||Low|
|Adjusts automatically for highest possible speed based on current internet speed||7 GB p/hour|
3 GB p/hour
|0.7 GB p/hour||0.3 GB p/hour|
|N/A||7 GB p/hour|
2.89 GB p/hour
|1.13 GB p/hour||0.57 GB p/hour|
|ABC iView use Standard|
0.8 GB p/hour as their automatic setting
|2 GB p/hour|
(aka Higher Definition)
|0.8 GB p/hour
|Disney Plus use Ultra High |
7.7 GB p/hour as their automatic setting
|7.7 GB p/hour|
(aka Ultra High)
2 GB p/hour
|N/A||0.7 GB p/hour
(aka Save Data)
|Amazon Prime use Good 0.8 Gb p/hour as their automatic setting||N/A|
1.4 GB p/hour
|0.8 GB p/hour|
|0.5 GB p/hour
|Foxtel Go uses High Definition 3.2 GB p/hour as their automatic setting||N/A|
3.2 GB p/hour
|1.4 GB p/hour|
(aka Standard Definition)
|Data use will fluctuate because the automatic setting is designed to adjust to the strength of your internet connection.||3.25GB p/hour|
|0.5Gb p/hour||0.3GB p/hour|
SBS on Demand
|N/A||0.7 GB p/hour|
|0.25 GB p/hour||0.1 GB p/hour|
|1.6 GB p/hour||0.585 GB p/hour|
1.2 GB p/hour
|0.8 GB p/hour||0.2 GB p/hour|
3.15 GB p/hour
|1.35 GB p/hour|
1.65 Gb p/hour
|0.87 GB p/hour|
|0.264 GB p/hour|
* YouTube, Amazon Prime, 9Now and 7Plus do not provide official data usage statistics. The statistics used in this article have been sourced from nbn co
Data usage settings only apply to the Netflix profile you set them from, meaning you can have different data usage settings for each profile on your account. If you are concerned about the total amount of data that Netflix uses, be sure to repeat the steps below for each profile.
1. From a web browser, go to your Account page
2. Select a profile name from Profile & Parental Controls
3. Select Change for Playback settings
4. Select your desired data usage setting
5. Save changes
Your changes will take effect within 8 hours.
NOTE: Restricting data usage may affect video quality.
It’s worth remembering, however, that high quality video will use up data at a faster rate than the Standard Definition option. For a more detailed explanation of what each setting entails, check out the table below:
You can quickly see what setting is currently set by the label on the Settings cog.
To control your streams video quality on an Apple TV 4 or 4K, please follow the steps below.
If you own an iPhone or iPad, you are also able to control your stream’s video by AirPlaying Stan to your Apple TV.
Once you are AirPlaying Stan, you can change your video quality using the steps above.
Disney+ automatically detects supported video formats and plays back the highest quality video possible. Supported video formats for a given title can be found in the ‘Details’ section under each title.
To change the picture quality settings:
At Kayo video quality options include:
The video quality selector is only available on a mobile or tablet.
You will have three options to choose from: High (HD), Medium (SD), and Low (SD).
Note: The video quality selector does not guarantee a minimum video quality. All 9Now videos are streamed adaptively based on your internet connection. Selecting ‘High (HD)’ may result in a SD stream.
You can manually adjust the video quality of any video you’re watching on a computer, TV, or mobile device.
Note: Choosing lower video quality (such as 240p and 360p) will make videos start more quickly. The video player will remember this setting for future videos you watch.
Note: Some high-quality formats (i.e. 1080p, 4K) may not be available for all devices, as they may not support the latest video compression technology (VP9).
These all seem to be free-to-air apps and some openly admit that new iterations are on the way.
Perhaps newer versions of these apps will provide users with more flexibility to manage their data usage.
If you’re living in the nbn™ Fixed Wireless footprint, you’re eligible for the unlimited data plans which is absolutely perfect for streaming to your heart’s content without running out of data for all the other important online things you do.
It can be a bit tricker if you’re living in the nbn™ satellite internet footprint.
Never fear though, it’s not all doom and gloom.
Back in April 2020, nbn co launched their reimagined Sky Muster™ Plus product which includes unmetered data for everything except VPN traffic and video streaming.
This is great news because it means that any data you purchase as part of a plan can be completely dedicated to video streaming and not consumed by other day-to-day activities.
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