What Internet Speed Do I Need to Watch Netflix?
July 1, 2013 Leave a comment
Customers often want to know what broadband speed package they need to subscribe to watch Netflix. The first important thing to know is that the Netflix video stream quality and resolution adjusts automatically to match your available bandwidth, so although you can in theory watch Netflix on any real broadband speed, it’s going to be very low-quality unless you have a good, fast, consistent Internet speed. We typically recommend at least a 6 Mb connection in order to watch one high definition feed, and if you want to watch two movies at once, you should subscribe to our 10 Mb speed.
Here is the information Netflix provides on their website regarding internet speed requirements. Please note, these recommendations are the bare minimum, and only for a single stream. If you want to watch two movies at the same time on different devices in your home, you will need to double these requirements. Plus, if you want to watch a Netflix movie while somebody else wants to browse the internet on another device, you are going to need more bandwidth. Basically, more speed is always better. More speed means more fun, and more connected devices you can use at the same time.
From Netflix Help Center: Internet Connection Speed Recommendations
While Watch Instantly works with many different levels of broadband, the speed and bandwidth of your broadband Internet connection may impact your viewing experience. Netflix streams a little bit of data as a buffer each time you start a movie or TV show. Frequently starting and stopping movies & TV shows will result in a minor increase to the amount of data Netflix streams to you per hour. In most cases, this will be less than a few minutes worth.
Below are the internet speed requirements and recommendations for playing movies and TV shows on the Netflix website.
*Note: Internet speeds listed represent Download speeds.
0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed
1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed
3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for DVD quality
5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality
7.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for Super HD quality
12 Megabits per second – Recommended for 3D quality
HD Video Quality
Movies and TV shows we have available in high definition will play in 720p or better with a fast enough internet connection. If you would like to view high definition titles whenever they are available, be sure to change your video quality setting to Best on the Video Quality page.
Netflix and Data Usage
Perhaps an even more important than your connection speed is monthly data limits. Some providers claim to support video streaming, but will cap how much you can download each month. They may even charge you data overages or throttle (intentionally reduce) your speed if you watch too much.
Direct Communications is the only provider that will give you true unlimited bandwidth, so you can stream as much online video as you want, in full HD quality, without ever worrying about data overage charges.
Here is what Netflix says on their help pages about data caps—basically they recommend you avoid streaming in HD if you have caps of your service because Best quality can use up to 2.3 GB per hour for HD video.
Netflix Bandwidth Usage
Higher quality video uses more bandwidth than lower-quality video. If your service provider applies a bandwidth or data cap to your Internet service, you can Manage Bandwith Usage by changing the video quality settings to Good or Better to consume less data.
Manage video quality: We know that some of you have Internet data caps and we want to make it easier for you to manage how much data you use. We offer 3 video quality settings to help you manage your data usage. No matter what level you choose, your Netflix membership price will remain the same.
Good quality (up to 0.3 GB per hour)
Better quality (up to 0.7 GB per hour)
Best quality (up to 1.0 GB per hour, or up to 2.3 GB per hour for HD)
You may instantly watch on up to six (6) unique authorized Netflix ready devices. The number of devices that may be allowed to instantly watch simultaneously will depend on your membership plan. To see the details of your membership plan, go to “change plan information” in the Your Account page. You may have up to six (6) unique authorized Netflix ready devices associated with your Netflix account
Why is Direct Communications better at streaming than any wireless provider?
Only Directcom offers truly unlimited bandwidth with no caps, so you can watch as much as you like, without worrying about data overage charges.
We are the only wired network in town.
We offer speeds up to 100Mb.
Our network is state-of-the-art fiber optic cable.
Our speeds are consistent, and we typically provide the speed we advertise, not some “burstable” mythical speed that you can only get for a few seconds.
Unlike wireless providers, your bandwidth is not shared with your neighbors, so you can all stream video at the same time and not be affected by their usage.
We don’t throttle your speeds if you stream too much.
We don’t put a cap on how much you are allowed to download each month.
Our fiber-optic cable connects you directly to the national fiber backbone, with no wireless links inbetween.
Wireless internet equipment simply wasn’t built to handle constant high-demand applications like high-definition video very well. Our engineered Fiber network was designed to stream high-definition video.
We provide enough bandwidth power so you can watch multiple streams simultaneously on several different devices in your home.
Direct Communications offers faster streaming broadband over fiber optic cable in Eagle Mountain and most of Southeast Idaho. Call us for absolutely the fastest High Speed Internet in Eagle Mountain. We are the premiere Eagle Mountain ISP.