1 Hour Streaming = 1GB of data used?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NewVZcustomer, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. NewVZcustomer macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2014
    I thought this was a fluke with YouTube. 8.1 seemed to fix it, but now I'm getting the same issue with the CW app. Not normal right? What does 1GB of data get you in terms of streaming over "LTE"?
  2. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I can tell you that a 45 minute episode of The Blacklist was about 700mb on Netflix. I was streaming them while in line for the iPhone 6 and checked my data before and after a couple episodes since I had never streamed video for that long.
  3. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    arent the eps in HD on the CW app? sounds about right
  4. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
  5. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2012
    Just buy an Unlimited Verizon data plan and don't worry about it
  6. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2012
    If you're streaming HD content then that seems perfectly normal to me.
  7. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2012
    I used about 1 gig of data streaming a live dash cam for a mini storm chase last week so this is pretty normal
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Depending on what you're streaming, 1GB per hour is about right. I don't think its unusual.
  9. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    It depends on how the video or audio is encoded. Higher quality means a higher bit rate, and more data used over time. If the video is a lower bitrate, then you can use less data, but the video will look blocky/grainy, and the audio will distort.

    If it's in HD, then definitely you're going to use 1GB of data per hour, easy. An HD video uses about four times as much bandwidth as a standard definition video, to get the same level of quality.

    just wait until people start trying to stream 4K video. According to netflix, you need at least a 20Mbit connection to do that. That means you can easily burn through 7 Gigabytes playing an hour of 4K video.
  10. ag29 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2014
    According to Verizon's data calculator, 1 hour of HD video uses up only 400 MB.

    But that's obviously false, in my personal experience I get about the same data usage as you. A little over 1 GB for 1 hour of HD video and a little less than 1 gig for hour of SD video.
  11. legioxi macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2013
    Depends on the encoding quality, not just SD vs HD.
  12. NewVZcustomer thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2014
    Yeah I tested Hulu plus shows and they do almost exactly 400mb per hour so that seems on point. And they look crystal clear so I guess I'll just go that route from now on
  13. themyst macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    full movie on netflix hit me for 1.8GB, so sounds right.
  14. mnsportsgeek, Nov 3, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2014

    mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    1 Hour Streaming = 1GB of data used?

    If data caps are the future of cell. Then there needs to be a greater effort made into video compression.
  15. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    Hopefully subscriber competition and advancements in data transfer efficiency on the carrier side will push data plans into unlimited territory in the future.

    Hell, remember when we were on tiered cellular voice minutes. I used to buy 450 minutes a month and try to text as much as possible to get Rollover minutes.
  16. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Using 1GB of data for an hours worth of video streaming sounds about right. Had you simply just been streaming music, then something would be off.
  17. makinbiscuits macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2012
    you could always turn off lte and watch on 3g.
  18. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Just one more reason why I love having unlimited data. Use your iPhone how you want without worrying about such things.
  19. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009

    Pat yourself on the back a little bit more.
  20. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    For video, it sounds right. I stream only music mostly and do so for a good hour a day while jogging & walking. I don't have an issue with my limits but would if I wanted to watch videos all of the time.

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