What Internet connection is required for video streaming?
The first online streamed media was a radio broadcast of a baseball game all the way back in 1995. Video streaming came next with many different startups creating competing software.
You may remember the most popular of these early streaming software – a little program known as Flash which gained massive popularity in the mid-2000s and has only recently been displaced by the newer HTML5.
Now, video streaming gets a little closer to replacing cable television every day.
In his article, Number of Canadians with cable TV continues to decline as Netflix continues rise, Michael Oliveira says “One in four anglophone Canadians have cut the cord…and don’t pay for a traditional TV service, while just over half are Netflix users, according to a report by the Media Technology Monitor.”
The days of a family having to gather around one television to enjoy a show or movie are over. The average family will have many different devices streaming all sorts of content at once.
We get a lot of calls from customers wondering what Internet package is required for this kind of streaming. There are a few factors to keep in mind.
One is speeds. Whether you’re streaming on Netflix or YouTube, the speeds you will need to watch your video will depend on the quality you choose – you’re going to need more horsepower to get high definition (HD) video than standard definition (SD) video. Netflix’s recommendations are a good guideline to help you gauge what speeds you’ll need to stream. They recommend 3 Mbps for SD and at least 5 Mbps for HD.
The second thing to consider is data. Videos streamed in SD will eat 1 GB of data per hour, and if you’re a lover of high quality you’re looking at around 3-5 GB of data depending on the HD quality you choose (ranging from 720-1080p).
Thirdly, consider the number of streams you have going at once. You’ll need to multiply these numbers by the number of streams you’ve got going. For example, if you’ve got 3 HD streams going you’ll need 15 Mbps per second of download speed and up to 15 GB of data per hour.
In our Understanding Internet Speeds article we mentioned that the common standard connection (like Silo’s smallest package) measures in at around 4 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed. A package of this size would only be large enough to deliver a single standard definition Netflix stream.
If you’d like to inquire about upgrading your package please feel free to contact us here or call 519-449-5656.