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Want Netflix on your iPad? Remember the data usage

by on September 24th, 2010

With all the buzz around the launch of Netflix in Canada this week, I was curious as to how much data is actually being sent for the streaming of a TV show or a movie.

Netflix does not seem to have that information on their web site, but after calling them to get more information, here is the story.

  • TV or regular movie: 1 hour of streaming will use approximately 1 GB of data
  • HD Content: 1 hour of streaming will use between 2 and 2.5 GB of data

Now those numbers are “straight from the horse’s mouth” so to speak. I have not tested or confirmed these myself yet.

I have also found other sources that claim testing at anything from approximately 290MB to 900MB per hour of streaming, to as much as 1.5GB per hour for high definition content.

The connection speed is also important for a quality experience, and Netflix suggests a minimum of about 3Mbps for that.

You may be able to download as much as you want from Netflix, but you may get burned from your ISP depending on the cap on the amount of data you will be getting, so be careful!

Has anyone measured how much data one hour of streaming takes with Netflix?

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