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Recommended Internet Speeds for Live Streaming

With advances in online technology and the introduction of new streaming TV services, there has never been a better time to get up to speed on how much data you and your family use each month.

Streaming services like YouTube, Netflix are the main culprits to your bandwidth hog. Every time you stream a video online, you are using the maximum of your ISP plan resources. 

Below are the Internet download speed recommendations per stream for playing movies and TV shows through Youtube or Netflix :

  • 0.2-0.5Mbps – 140p
  • 0.5 – 1Mbps – 240p
  • 1-2Mbps – 360p
  • 2-3Mbps – 480p
  • 3-4Mbps – 720p
  • 4-6Mbps – 1080p
  • 8-10Mbps – 1440p
  • 25-35Mbps – 2160p

Above is the basic speed requirements of your broadband plan if you are an avid YouTube guy!

If you are able to get better than the the above list, then you are getting lucky and you should thank your ISP. Others need to upgrade their plan, rather than blaming their ISP about Youtube not loading.

Its simple mathematics not a rocket science, I will help you to calculate it yourself.

lets take a reference”bit-rates,

Normal quality means Standard definition(SD) which is under 720P:

360P~764 Kbps (Kilo bits per sec)

480p~ 1128 Kbps        speed is measured in” bits/sec” or “Kb/sec” or “Mb/sec”

Please note it is “bit/sec” not “Byte/sec”,   1 byte(B)= 8 bit(b)

Data consume is measured in Bytes i.e  KB 0r MB or GB, 1 MB=1024 KB

In 360P average SD quality, data consumed for 90 Minutes

=764(Kil0bit/sec)[60(sec)*90(min)] = 4125600(Kilobit) = 4125600/1024(Megabit)       =4028.9(Mega bit, but we need Mega Byte)

=4028.9/8(Megabyte)=503.6(MB) 

in 480P good SD quality,data consumed for 90 Minutes

=1128*60*90(Kb)=6091200/1024(Mb)=5948/8(MB)=743.6 MB

Now calculate yourself data consumed for any quality, you just need to know the bitrate.

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