- Low (0.3 GB per hour)
- Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)
- High (Best video quality, with up to 3GB per hour for HD streaming and 7GB per hour for Ultra HD streaming)
For those who do not have an unlimited broadband data connection or who enjoy their favourite shows on mobile data, video streaming can truly be quite a costly pastime. This is why being aware of how much data your favourite streaming platform utilises can be useful - in this article, we will look into how much data Netflix uses per movie. Knowing how much data is being used can assist you in choosing the right broadband plan for your needs, or can simply let you know your limits when it comes to streaming movies online for those who are not keen on upgrading their broadband plan.
Before we look directly into data usage - it is helpful to know that the amount of data a platform like Netflix uses is highly dependent on the quality at which you stream your favourite shows. The higher the video quality, the more data you will be using up. If you’re worried about exceeding your data quota for a month, you will definitely want to keep an eye out on this. Thankfully, Netflix allows you to choose the quality of streaming, assisting you in saving data should you need to do so.
Now, let’s look directly into the exact amounts of data that Netflix uses. First of all, there are 3 different kinds of Netflix subscriptions that you can sign up to. These options are a Basic subscription ($8.00 per month), a Standard subscription ($11.99 per month) or their Premium subscription ($14.99 per month). When it comes to data usage, you will bee looking at 1GB/hour for Standard Definition, 3GB/hour for High Definition and 7GB/hour for Ultra High Def.
In other words, if you are subscribed to Ultra HD streaming on Netflix, you will be looking at a 14 GB of data used for the streaming for a 2 hour movie. Downloading titles to your iOS or Android device will also consume a similar if not exact same amount of bandwidth that streaming does, so stay vigilant, considering mobile data limits tend to minuscule in comparison to a regular broadband connection.
So, how do you go about reducing your data usage on Netflix? Adjusting the data usage settings on your account is the best and the easiest way to do so. There are four data usage settings that you can choose from, and below are the estimates on how much data will be used per stream.
1. Low (0.3 GB per hour)
2. Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)
3. High (Best video quality, with up to 3GB per hour for HD streaming and 7GB per hour for Ultra HD streaming)
4. Auto (Adjusts automatically to deliver the highest possible quality based on your internet speed/connection)
If you would like to select a setting that will work best with your broadband plan, navigate to theYour Account page on Netflix and select Playback Settings in your My Profile section. Some things to consider are that changes made may take up to 8 hours to take effect and that restricting data usage will affect your streaming quality. Data usage settings/changes also only apply to the Netflix profile you set them from, allowing you to have different data usage settings for each profile. If you are concerned about the combined amount of data that Netflix uses, make sure to change the settings on all profiles.
With these simple yet effective steps, you will be able to enjoy your favourite movies without having to worry about using up all your allocated data for the month. Happy watching!