How much data does streaming use?
- The average amount of entertainment we consume at home adds up to a crazy 85 hours per person every month
- If you have a limited data plan, you’ll want to keep track and be aware of how much data you use
- Below is a handy list of how much data some of the most popular platforms of today utilise
Ready for a weekend of Netflix series binge-watching or a kick-arse party this weekend, accompanied by the freshest tunes on Spotify or Apple Music? So many of us don’t actually realise how much streaming data ends up using when we stream music, music, television shows or videos on YouTube. Most of us utilise these applications on a daily basis - in fact, in Australia, the average amount of entertainment we consume at home adds up to a crazy 85 hours per person every month. If you have a limited data plan, you’ll want to keep track and be aware of how much data every episode of your latest tv-show obsession is using up. In order to help you out, here is a handy list of how much data some of the most popular platforms of today utilise.
1. How much data does Netflix use?
According to Netflix’s own general usage statistics, the general rule of thumb in terms of data usage would be 0.7 GB of data per hour for standard definition video. However, if you are like the most of us who enjoy HD television, you are looking at 3 GB per hour for HD video and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD video. Now that you are armed with those digits, you will realise that if you are subscribed to Ultra HD on Netflix, you are looking at a usage of 14 GB of data when you watch a 2 hour movie.
2. How much data does Stan use?
Stan is another very popular streaming platform for television shows and movies. If you are streaming videos on low quality, you’re looking at a data usage of 0.57 GB per hour. For medium quality streaming, those digits are bumped up to 1.13 GB per hour, and 2.89 GB per hour for HD streaming. Keep in mind that the default setting on Stan is set to HD streaming.
3. How much data does Spotify use?
The highest quality you can stream music on on Spotify is 320 Kbps. At this level, you will be consuming 2.40MB of data per minute, equating to a usage of 115.2MB per hour. When you reduce the quality at which you are listening down to 160 Kbps, you will end up using only 1.20MB of data per minute and a grand total of 72MB per hour. Whilst all these numbers seem to be on the lower side, always remember that if you are listening to music all day at work, you will be averaging a grand total of 40 hours of music streaming a week, which can actually add up if you don’t keep note of how much data you are eating up whilst streaming music.
4. How much data does Apple Music use?
Apple Music, another very popular music streaming app, allows you to listen to music at qualities of either 64, 128 or 256 Kbps. In that order, this means that with every 1GB of data, you will be able to listen to either 36, 18 or 9 hours of music on this app. Most people don’t have any trouble going through 9 hours of music a day, so it is always advised keep note of your data limits and use accordingly.
5. How much data does YouTube use?
YouTube is definitely everyone’s to-go when it comes to watching your favourite Vlogger’s videos, funny prank videos or just to catch up on the latest music video releases. Keep in mind that for every 1 hour of 720p video footage (the quality at which most of us view videos on) you watch on YouTube, you are using up about 2.2GB of data. A common misconception about video streaming that many have is that it does not eat up as much data as downloading a video would. You would be surprised to know that it actually utilises the same amount of data each time you stream it. When you refresh or re-visit a video, chances are you'll have to download it all over again.
Using these statistics as a rough guide, you can now easily calculate how much data you truly need to be purchasing per month. Have a think this weekend about how much time you actually spend on the average day on streamed content and do the math! Don’t forget to factor in weekends where you would be using more data than on a weekday. Figuring out how much data you are streaming is a great way to choose the correct data plan for yourself, or ensure you are not going above the limits of your current data plan. If you have any queries or need to get sorted with a new broadband plan to fulfill your data use needs, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 106 571 or us our free assessment tool which will review your needs and give you recommended plans.
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