|Nov 21, 2010, 10:39 PM||#1|
Netflix - Bandwidth?
I've tried searching the forums but didn't really get any definitive answers. If there is already a thread on this, please point me towards it.
Anyways, here's my question: Does anyone know how much bandwidth watching a TV show (30 minutes or 1 hour) and/or a movie on Netflix take up on an iPhone (4, if it needs to be specific) while on 3G?
I'm going on a cross country road trip tomorrow, and only have the 2GB plan. Hopefully I'll be able to watch some Netflix and have some bandwidth left over for the rest of the month heh.
21.5" iMac, 15.4" MBP, 13.3" MBA, Apple TV 2nd Gen, iPhone 4 + 4S, iPad 2 + 3
|Nov 21, 2010, 11:44 PM||#2|
The good news is, AT&T sucks on the highways of the US (in terms of 3G data coverage) and you won't be able to do it much anyway
Worst case scenario, you pay an extra $10 for one gigabyte.
You can check your bandwidth usage along the way by dialing *3282# on your phone. These numbers are usually delayed by a few hours though.
|Nov 22, 2010, 06:28 AM||#3|
I honestly can't believe you are asking this with a 2gb plan
there is no way to tell how large the netflix files are because you cannot buffer the entire file = could be anywhere from 200-400mbs for just a 30min episode
absolutely a bad idea to do this if you only have a 2gb plan. You are better off
a)downloading free apps ( you can download on your computer and transfer to your iphone via itunes to not use any data)
b) convert your own movie files using handbrake
c) listen to an audiobook
d) take a nap
|Nov 22, 2010, 11:21 PM||#4|
This is the worst advice ever. Option A and B is too much work and takes up too much space.
200MB-400MB is way off for a 30min video.
OP, what I would do is use the Netflix App and check your usage through settings as that will give you instant data usages.
|Nov 24, 2010, 03:41 AM||#6|
so all you did is put down my comment, yet have absolutely no solution to offer, or for that matter any experience
it takes too much space ?
it takes too long ?
have you ever converted a video using handbrake before?
It's simple process and you can do batches of videos at one time/overnight
btw tested this out 22min tv show used 992kb up/192mb down so 200-400mb per 30 minutes was a pretty good estimate
|Feb 16, 2011, 04:55 PM||#7|
I know this is old (and I searched and it's the newest I could find on the topic) but it's a good idea to keep current data on bandwidth usage high in the search terms
I just did 36 minutes of netflix on an iphone 4 att that used 191mb. I reset right before pressing play.
so 200mb for 30 minutes is the amount to count on when figuring usage
I had a really good connection at the time, the tower is two blocks away at most.
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