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How Much Data Does Your Streaming Service Use?

On-demand video streaming services have changed the way we watch television. Gone are the days of waiting a whole week for the next episode of your favourite program - you can now binge-watch entire seasons in one sitting.

While most streaming services offer a fixed monthly price for access to their content, if you aren't on an unlimited plan it's important to be aware of how much data you’re churning through. With an almost infinite number of television hours at your disposal, you can exhaust even a generous download quota long before the month is over.

Market frontrunners Netflix, Stan and Presto all use different amounts of data per-hour depending on what quality of video you choose. Here's how much data each one guzzles through in an hour:


According to the Netflix help centre, the rule of thumb for data consumption is:

  • Low definition – 0.3 Gigabytes per hour
  • Standard definition - 0.7 Gigabytes per hour
  • High definition - 3 Gigabytes per hour
  • Ultra-High definition – 7 Gigabytes per hour

The Presto support centre reported:

  • Standard definition – 1.3 Gigabytes per hour
  • High definition – 3 Gigabytes per hour

While Stan Help was slightly more frugal with:

  • Low definition – 0.57 Gigabytes per hour
  • Standard definition – 1.13 Gigabytes per hour
  • High definition – 2.89 Gigabytes per hour


Assuming your video-streaming service is set to High-Definition, you can budget: 2.25GB for an episode of House of Cards, 6.75GB to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens or 36GB for the complete director's cut of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Netflix and Stan allow you to manually adjust the definition level of the video you're streaming and thereby reduce data consumption. Presto is a little less flexible and does not allow you to adjust the video quality. Instead it's determined by the device you're using and the strength of your home internet connection.

While video-streaming can consume a lot of data, it’s important to keep in mind it’s not the only activity your household uses the internet for. If you've got multiple connected devices in the one house, maybe it's time to upgrade to one of our unlimited NBN or DSL internet plans? With MyNetFone you can upgrade your broadband plan at any time with no additional fees.

Have you got an appetite for data?

Check out our unlimited NBN or DSL broadband plans or speak to one of our sales staff on 1300 731 048.

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How will you access the NBN?

The NBN's multi-technology deployment strategy will see a variety of methods used to connect all Australians to the National Broadband Network. The deployment method for each residence is pre-determined by NBN Co and will vary depending on where you live.

While all NBN connections will make use of super-fast fibre optic cabling, some connections will also utilise existing copper infrastructure or 4G wireless technology to make the final leg of the journey.

Fixed Wireless NBN

A fixed wireless connection will be used for premises where direct access to the NBN is too difficult or uneconomical. In these instances, fibre will be rolled out to 2,600 NBN towers which will transmit data the remainder of the journey wirelessly. Each premises using the technology will have an antennae fitted to the roof by an approved NBN installer to receive the incoming signal. The number of premises being serviced by any given tower is ‘fixed’, so there’s always a consistent data allocation for every fixed wireless connection. This ensures every user has much faster and more reliable broadband.

NBN fixed wireless

Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) NBN

Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections will see brand new fibre optic cables connecting your premises directly to the NBN. As the connection extends all the way to your premises, a device is required to be installed inside your home by an approved NBN installer. 


Fibre-to-the-Basement (FTTB) NBN

Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) connections are used for multi-dwelling premises like apartment blocks. NBN Fibre is deployed to a common point, usually inside a building’s communications room. The internal copper wiring inside the building is then used to complete the final leg of the connection to each individual dwelling. 


Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) NBN 

Fibre-to-the-Node will be the most common type of NBN internet connection. Installation involves rolling out fibre optic cables to a common node in the area. The node will most likely take the form of a street cabinet installed by NBN Co. From the node, existing copper infrastructure will finish the connection to each individual premises. 


Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) NBN

HFC technology will be used mostly around Australia's capital cities, with an estimated 4 million premises to be connected with the technology. In a HFC connection, NBN fibre is rolled out to a common node in the neighbourhood. From the node, coaxial cable will complete the connection to the business premises. Coaxial cable has commonly been used to connect pay TV services and is made of insulated copper to prevent any external interference.


You will receive notification in the mail a few weeks before NBN installation is about to commence. It’s important to be aware of when NBN coverage will reach your address, as the existing copper network will be disconnected soon after NBN availability. For more information check out the MyNetFine NBN Speed Guide.

If your place is ready for the National Broadband Network, check out our competitive NBN plans here or speak to one of our helpful staff on 1300 731 048.

Check if your premises is NBN-ready by searching your address on the NBN rollout map.



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