What Internet Speed Do I Need to Watch Netflix?

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.

Only Directcom offer truly unlimited bandwidth with no caps, so you can watch as much as you like, without worrying about data overage charges.

Only Directcom offer truly unlimited bandwidth with no caps, so you can watch as much as you like, without 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.

 

https://contactus.netflix.com/article/en/node/306

 

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)

https://movies.netflix.com/HdToggle

 

How many devices can I use Netflix on at the same time?

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.

DirectCom is now a Netflix SuperHD Partner

Netflix SuperHD - from https://signup.netflix.com/superhd

Netflix SuperHD – from https://signup.netflix.com/superhd

Direct Communications faster streaming broadband just got even better.

Directcom is pleased to announce that our broadband service is now Netflix Super HD enabled.

This means that Directcom customers will now automatically be able to  watch movies and TV shows in Super HD on a supported device if your connection is fast enough. ( At least 8Mb/s download for best quality.) Super HD delivers the best Netflix picture quality yet, even better than regular HD, because of better encoding technology and an incredibly clear, smooth 1080p picture with less compression.

Super HD is only available via Internet Providers that are part of the Netflix Open Connect network. Our move onto the Open Connect Network was made technically possible by Netflix co-locating their servers in Syringa Networks main Central Office in Boise, Idaho this week. Each night, Netflix updates these servers with their highest demand content. Direct Communications, as an owner-partner of Syringa Networks, is now part of the Netflix Open Connect network.

What this does is move the Netflix content closer to the end customer.

Ron Asche, Engineering Manager for Syringa Networks explained the benefits by saying, “Bringing the Netflix content on Net has resulted in a drop in content latency and an enhanced user experience for Syringa Networks customers.  Additionally, having the content on our network enables Syringa Networks customers access to Netflix SuperHD and 3D content.”

Jeremy Smith, General Manager for Directcom in Idaho, says most importantly this will result in faster loading for customers while accessing Netflix content on our network. “There should be less buffering, and less waiting for the interface to load, because the customer won’t have to travel all over the internet to choose or stream a movie—it’s right here on our fiber network in Idaho.”

Faster streaming broadband means no buffering when watching online video.

Faster streaming broadband means no buffering when watching online video.

When Netflix first announced their Super HD network opportunity several months ago, Direct Communications attempted to sign up individually with Netflix as an Open Connect partner, but was unsuccessful at that time because Netflix required a larger customer count threshold before they would deploy their servers into the network. Fortunately , the combined customer numbers of all the Idaho independents together meant Netflix was willing to partner with Syringa Networks to deploy servers locally here on the Syringa regional network in Idaho, so all Direct Communications customers in Idaho can now benefit from being on the Netflix Open Connect network.

In addition to Super HD, Netflix is experimenting with 3D video, which will also only be available to customers of ISPs like Direct Communications who are on the Open Connect network.

Netflix now offers Super HD streaming on the following devices:

•Sony PlayStation 3

•Apple TV with 1080p

•Roku with 1080p*

•Nintendo Wii U

•Windows 8 App

•TiVo Premiere DVR

•Blu-Ray Players, Smart TV’s, Home Theaters, and Streaming Players with existing Netflix 1080p support*

Hopefully more devices will be coming soon, since , most notably, the Xbox is currently missing from this list.

To stream titles in Super HD, your Internet Provider needs to be connected to the Netflix Open Connect network. You can find Super HD titles by looking for the Super HD logo, on the movie description page on a compatible device.

At time of press, only DirectCom customers in southeast Idaho are Netflix SuperHD enabled. This feature is not yet active in Eagle Mountain.

Requirements to view in Super HD
from (http://support.unblock-us.com/customer/portal/articles/973404-netflix-super-hd)

– Your Netflix Bandwidth Settings

Your Netflix bandwidth preferences must be set to “Best Quality” otherwise you will not receive it. To find out how to check and change your Netflix bandwidth settings please see this support article.

– Your Internet Connection

Super HD requires an Internet connection speed of at least 6Mb/s, and 8Mb/s to view the highest available video quality. Please ensure you test your speed as detailed here. Some other factors will also affect your ability to stream in Super HD; wireless connections from your device to your router, traffic shaping by your ISP at peak hours – sadly these sort of factors lay out of our control.

PLEASE NOTE: The Adaptive Bit-rate streaming algorithm that Netflix uses to stream in Super HD, should always ramp up to the highest bit rate encode available to you that fits in the resolution you’ve set on your device. This means that if your device is not set to 1080p you will NOT see super HD.

Please be aware that some Super HD eligable Roku devices do not currently display the Super HD logo (http://support.netflix.com/en/node/8731#gsc.tab=0)