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How can I control how much data Netflix uses?

According to Netflix, watching Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of SD video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video. This can be an issue for Netflix members who find they are drawing too much bandwith away from the other devices they are using to access the Internet, while watching Netflix.

Below, you'll see that there are several settings which allow you to reduce the amount of data that Netflix uses, without having to resort to drastic measures (like actually watching less Netflix!)

By adjusting the data usage settings for your Netflix account, you can reduce the amount of bandwidth used while watching Netflix. Netflix has 4 data usage settings. Each estimate below is per stream:

  • Low (0.3 GB per hour)

  • Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)

  • High (best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD, 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)

  • Auto (adjusts automatically to deliver the highest possible quality, based on your current Internet connection speed)
Listed below are the settings that we recommend for optimum use of our Broaband Internet Service.

For our Broadband Home Package, we recommend:
  • High data usage setting for up to 3 GB per hour for HD
For our Broadband Turbo Package, we recommend:
  • High data usage setting for up to 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD
To update your settings, go to
Netflix and navigate to "Your Account" page, then click "Playback" settings in the "Your Profile" section. It can take up to 8 hours for these changes to take effect on your Netflix account.

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