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

how fast of 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 Internet service

providers or ISPs may try to convince

you that you need the more expensive and

higher speed connection to watch

streaming TV 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 or none at all and to do so as

cheaply as possible after all the reason

you cut the cord in the first place was

to get away from overpriced TV

programming you don't want to pay more

for a high-speed connection if you don't

need it so what speed you need for an HD

stream according to the Netflix website

you need 5 megabytes per second download

for each HD stream which means if you

want to watch two HD streams at the same

time you need 10 megabytes per second

hulu recommends a minimum of 3 megabytes

per second for a 720 HD stream 6

megabytes for a 1080 HD stream and 13

megabytes for a 4k Ultra stream so if

you want to watch two programs on two

different TVs in 1080 HD at the same

time on Hulu according to them you would

need to have 12 megabytes per second

download speed so they say that but then

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 pane was a

decent 66 milliseconds anything 100 is

considered good as you can see download

speed came in at 5 point 2 5 megabytes

per second which is short of the 6

megabytes were 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 from one

provider however the reality is much

different than that we normally have two

HD TVs running throughout today until 11

p.m. plus two computers online all day

with one of them connected to YouTube

quite a bit plus one or two phones using

Wi-Fi periodically throughout the day

despite the high demand for bandwidth or

what we perceive to be a high demand we

rarely run into a streaming problem

occasionally one of the computers get

sluggish but a reboot usually fixes that

and sometimes a TV will buffer in the

middle of a program but we always figure

it's a connectivity issue with our ISP

which isn't always reliable keep in mind

that even ISPs that promise a 99.9

percent connectivity rate that point

zero zero one percent equals one point

four four minutes per day where there is

no connection six megabytes per second

of speed is plenty to accommodate this

households 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


besides 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

could always jack up the speed if you're

not satisfied with the results if you do

have problems at the lower speed and

then lower is six to ten megabytes you

can run some tests on your equipment to

make sure there isn't a bottleneck there

there are four things to consider the

quality of your ISP your download speed

your home network and your computer you

could have a very fast connection but it

won't do you much good if your source

for material isn't up to par with their


it isn't something you can test either

but it's safe to assume that Netflix

Hulu YouTube all the major players 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 speed test that net running a

speed test will tell you how fast your

download speed is and what the latency

pane 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 100

milliseconds is considered good we are

assuming that you are using Wi-Fi is

your connection to your modem and if

your download speed numbers don't meet

your expectations try connecting

directly to the modem via cable and see

if that makes a difference in speed if

it doesn't then there may be a problem

with your internet service provider you

can call them and they can usually run a

test on the line from their location to

check your status if they find a problem

and can't fix it from their location

they can send someone out to fix the

problem if you're connected to the modem

via cable in your numbers your download

speed is faster than it was through

Wi-Fi then your Wi-Fi connection has a

problem using a Wi-Fi connection on your

phone makes it easier to run additional

speed tests from different parts of the

building to see if there is any

significant change in download speed if

the speed is is significantly lower than

what you are paying for it may be a good

idea to get a new Wi-Fi unit if the

speed is where it's supposed to be in

most areas of the building but drops off

in some areas either avoid those areas

or any Wi-Fi range extender to your

system final link in the chain is your

computer which you may or may not use to

watch TV but if you do then you want to

check it out usually in our case if

things are running slow a reboot usually

solves the problem please check in the

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