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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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