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Internet Speed Requirements for Streaming TV Netflix Hulu Amazon Primve Video Roku

How fast does your internet connection need to be in order to stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube or any of the other television and movie program providers? http://amzn.to/2DkhhfF for range extenders and other optimization options. Learn how to optimize your available bandwidth to provide you with the best streaming experience possible when it comes to High Definition. 4K Ultra Definition may be too much for most residential internet connections to handle without upgrading to a more expensive service, Since programming for 4K is so limited, you may not want the extra expense for so little content. How Fast Internet Speed Do You Need To Stream TV? Streaming data is like a river, it can be small or large or in between. The larger the stream the more you get but at a greater cost. Your goal should be to get just enough to do what you want to do and keep your costs down. So how much is enough? This is a good question since providers may try to convince you that you need the more expensive and higher speed connection to watch streaming TV providers such as netflix or hulu but that simply isn’t true. Your goal is to be able to watch a program smoothly and in good quality with a minimum amount of buffering and to do so as cheaply as possible. Afterall, the reason you cut the cord in the first place was to get away from over priced TV programing. You don’t want to pay more for a high speed connection if you don’t need it. What speed do you need for an HD stream? According to the Netflix website you need 5 Mbps down for each HD stream, which means if you want to stream two HD streams at once you need 10 Mbps. The following is what Hulu recommends for each stream: 720p HD:3 Mbps 1080p HD:6 Mbps 4K Ultra HD:13 Mbps So if you wanted to stream two 1080p streams at the same time on Hulu you would need 12 Mbps down. So they say but what they say isn’t necessarily true, at least according to our tests. First, we ran a speed test to see what our download rate and ping was. Ping was a decent 66 ms (anything under 100 is considered good). Download speed came in at 5.25Mps, short of the 6 Mps we are paying for on a Frontier DSL connection. According to the minimum requirements posted by Netflix and Hulu, we have sufficient bandwidth to watch one stream on one device of one provider. However, the reality is much different than that. We normally have 2 HD tv’s running throughout the day until 11 pm plus 2 computers online all day (with one of them connected to youtube quite a bit) plus 1 or 2 phones using wifi periodically throughout the day and night. Despite the high demand for bandwidth, we rarely run into a streaming problem. Occasionally, one of the computers gets sluggish but a reboot usually fixes it. And sometimes a tv will buffer in the middle of a program but we figure it is a connectivity issue with our isp which isn’t alway reliable. Keep in mind that even isp’s that promise a 99.9% connectivity rate, that .01% can mean up to 14 minutes a day where there is no connection. 6 Mps of speed is plenty to accommodate this household’s demand for video streaming in HD. Since there are no gaming connections going on, we are unable to comment on those bandwidth demands. The only time we ran into a problem was when we tried to watch a 4K stream which didn’t work too well. There was more buffering than we wanted to deal with so we abandoned that experiment. HD fits the bill. Before you commit to a high speed and costlier connection, start out at a slower and cheaper rate to test the waters. You can always jack up the speed if you aren’t satisfied with the results. If you do have problems at the lower speed (6 - 10 Mps), you can run some tests on your equipment to make sure there isn’t a bottleneck there. There are 4 things to consider - the quality of the provider, your download speed, your home network and your computer. You can have a very fast connection but it won’t do you much good if the provider isn’t up to par with their upstream. It isn’t something you can test but it is safe to assume that netflix - hulu - youtube - all the major players- have their upstream quality dialed in to work in a top notch fashion. However, this is the internet and even the best systems can experience hiccups every so often. The rest of the system can be easily tested, starting with a speed test like the one found at speedtest.net. Running a speed test will tell you how fast your download speed is and what the latency (ping) of the connection is. Ping is measured in milliseconds and ascertains if you are connected and what the response time is between your machine and the provider. Anything under 100ms is considered good. If your download speed numbers don’t meet your expectations, connect directly to the modem via cable and see if that makes a difference in speed.
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