Lowering Your Video Streaming Bandwidth

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2021


 

OK last month I went over my bandwidth limit.  My Bandwidth limit is pretty high 1.2 TiB each month… That sounds like a lot.  But with everyone home these days and folks watching more and more videos it all adds up.

I know for myself many podcasts I used to listen to I know watch on YouTube which greatly increases how many Bytes I download.

So I have two options use less bandwidth or pay for unlimited.   Truth be told I will eventually pay for unlimited because I do see over time my usage just going up and up and up.  More videos, more games, more music, … just more.  But I want to push off the inevitable a few more months.

 

So how can I do this?  Well try and go after my worst bandwidth offenders, Streaming Videos.   Due to the pandemic we now have almost all the major streaming services so I want to explore what the current GiB/hr they usually run and how, if at all, I can reduce them.


 

Max Streaming Calcs

 

I am going to look at

    ·       Netflix
·       Hulu
·     Disney+
·       Peacock
·       YouTube
·       HBO Max
·       Amazon Prime

 

Service

Max GiB/Hr

Netflix

3.0 GiB/Hr
7.0 GiB/Hr (Ultra)

Hulu

2.5 GiB/Hr
7.0 GiB/Hr (4K)

Disney+

2.0 GiB/Hr
7.7 GiB/Hr

Peacock

3.0 GiB/Hr  ??

YouTube

4.0 GiB/Hr
22.0 GiB/Hr (4K)

HBO Max

3.0 Gib/Hr ??

Amazon Prime

1.5 GiB/Hr
7.0 GiB/Hr (4K)

 


Links for this data

 

Netflix

            https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306
            https://help.netflix.com/en/node/87



Hulu

https://help.hulu.com/s/article/video-quality   https://help.hulu.com/s/article/speed-recommendation
            https://help.hulu.com/s/article/video-quality-settings



Disney+
           
https://help.disneyplus.com/csp?id=csp_article_content&sys_kb_id=f94d17c5dba098502e27eadc139619e8
            https://help.disneyplus.com/csp?id=csp_article_content&sys_kb_id=74de48a91b0d8010a24eb8c11a4bcbe2



Peacock

            https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/peacock-app-faqs
            https://www.androidauthority.com/what-is-peacock-1030392/


 

Youtube
            https://www.androidauthority.com/how-much-data-does-youtube-use-964560/
           https://www.whistleout.com/CellPhones/Guides/How-Much-Data-Does-YouTube-Use





HBO Max

            https://help.hbomax.com/Answer/Detail/2353
            https://help.hbogola.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002850432-What-are-the-minimum-system-requirements-to-enjoy-HBO-GO-



Amazon Prime

            https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/how-much-data-does-amazon-prime-video-use-you-asked-we-answer/
            https://ipstarbroadband.com.au/support/how-to-reduce-amazon-prime-data-usage/

 


 

Running Some Calcs

 

So let’s assume that to watch something for an hour on average it’s going to take 3GiB.  And let’s assume you have 4 folks in your house watching 5 hours of video every day….

 

3*4*5*31 = 1,860 GiB of data.

So not even doing HD 4K video in a household at home it’s very possible to get over 1 TiB of data per month in a regular household.

 



How can we Fix it?

 

How can you reduce the video streaming bandwidth per service.

 

Netflix

 

Log into your Netflix account


 

Click on Account






 

For every Profile open up Playback settings.




Uncheck the auto play then change the Data Usage to Medium.

Now you need to do this for every profile.
Which may be a neat way to set up family movie night and have an account that is ste to High.

 



Hulu

 

There is no account or profile setting.
But you can change when watching a video.

 



 

 

Click on the config tool on the lower right and click on Quality

 



 

Choose Data Saver.
I think it will remember your settings but You will have to do that per player.

 

 

 

 


Disney+

 

Log into your account

 


 

On the right click on App Settings.






 

Choose Moderate and Click Save.
This needs to be done per device!   So you need to do it on your PS4/5 and your web browser.

 

 


 

Peacock

 

I can’t seem to find a way to adjust this at this time
02/2021.

 

But give it 6 months.

 

 


 

YouTube

 

YouTube is simple just …

 





 

Click the Config tool then Click On Quality

 




 

Then make your selection.

144P is very blurry but fine for just listening and you can always change it mid viewing J

 

 

 


 

HBO Max

 

HBO max does not seem to have a way to adjust bandwidth at this time 2/2021
Give it 6 months I bet they will add it.

 


 

Amazon Prime

 

I do not have AmazonPrime so I cannot test this one out.
But go check out https://quickfever.com/how-to-change-video-stream-quality-amazon-prime-video/




 

It looks like you can do it.

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