Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Netflix Streaming Options

Many internet providers have begun to implement data caps much like Verizon and AT&T for the "stream hogs" on the block. Streaming video eats up a lot of data, and now Netflix has implemented a change to relieve those precious megabytes. NetFlix has quietly implemented a change to turn down the quality of the streaming videos to reduce bandwidth.

Netflix streaming users in the United States now have the option from three different quality settings. You just need to head to the website, click on “Your Account,” and check out the Manage Video Quality link.

“Good quality” uses approximately 0.3 GB per hour, “Better quality uses around 0.7 GB per hour, and “Best quality” will use up to 1 GB/hr for standard definition an 2.3 GB/hr for HD. These new video quality options are probably geared towards Cable or DSL bandwidth limits, but mobile device users can also get a lot of use out of Netflix’s new lower bandwidth streaming options. Lower quality video won't look as good, but will certainly open up the smartphone and iPad market on 3G and 4G LTE networks.

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