With a great collection of hundreds of shows and movies for a low monthly rate, users have been lining up to sign up. But, some people still have their doubts.
Their main concern seems to stem from these slick services devouring their data. This is especially true for those thinking about streaming through mobile devices.
With extra data charges that can reach astronomical heights, the affordable services can become costly quick. So, just how much data does streaming content chew through?
The amount of data used by a service such as Netflix changes based on the video quality you select. If you want to watch content in standard definition, Netflix will chew through about 1GB of data per hour. High definition is certainly more fun to watch, but unfortunately it’s more draining to your data. An hour of high definition streaming uses up to 3GB of data – triple the data used from standard definition.
Stan is roughly the same in terms of data usage for standard and high definition. Presto, which does not stream in high definition, uses 1 to 1.5GB of data during a standard-length movie viewing, similar to Stan and Netflix.
Don’t worry, there are ways to watch till your heart’s content without doing too much damage to your quota. One way is to change your data usage settings. To do this on Netflix, simply access the Your Account menu and then head to the Your Profile section. There you will find the Playback Settings.
If using Stan, you can turn off high definition streaming by clicking the HD button at the bottom of the screen while a video is paused. On your mobile device, access quality settings via the gear icon near the Play button.
Taking these steps will reduce the amount of data you burn through at the expense of picture quality.
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