Remember Blockbuster? The movie rental giant who at one time had over 9000 locations across the U.S.? You could rent a couple of movies, grab a bucket of popcorn and settle in for a nice Saturday evening. Enter Netflix, who in 2007 started selling streaming services through the Internet with “video on demand,” giving subscribers access to thousands of TV shows, movies, documentaries and more without commercials.
BAM! Seven years later, Blockbuster started closing stores. Now Netflix is the video giant. (Not without problems, the struggle was real for them, but that is another post for another time.) That is because with a small monthly fee subscription and a good Internet service provider, you can have movies and shows at your fingertips without leaving your house.
Netflix allows users to turn on their TV and tune in to anything they want (available on Netflix) at any time. “Binge Watching” is now a term coined by users who watch an entire season of a show in a couple of days.
Currently, Netflix accounts for nearly 50% of all downstream Internet traffic in the U.S.
So how much data and bandwidth do you need to stream Netflix?
I think we can all agree that anyone who subscribes to Netflix, Hulu or any other streaming service has seen that nasty buffering symbol. The one that pops up on your screen and freezes your show, all because the data is not transferring fast enough through your Internet connection. This is because you don’t have enough “up” and/or “down” speed to handle the data.
In order to have a have an uninterrupted “binge watching” experience, Netflix website recommends a 3 Mbps download speed to play a single SD quality video.
GoBrolly knows that you need at least a 1.5 Mbps upload speed to play this video without buffering.
In past blogs we have talked about how much data does Netflix use, and how much bandwidth (or speed) required to stream videos. It is also important to remember that this figure is per movie and PER DEVICE. Which means if you have multiple devices using Netflix at once, the bandwidth and speed will increase.
See our blog post on that here: Amount of Data and Bandwidth Required for Streaming Video