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Streaming TV Content and ISPs

Today more and more people are streaming rather than relying on cable companies or satellite services to provide their TV content. It is getting easier to find a variety of choices with the advent of streaming services available to us. And it continues to grow. HERE is a partial list of streaming services available.

To accomplish this mass migration from network TV to streaming services, it requires the most important key to it all. Access to the internet. According to the latest statistics, nearly 90% of the US population use the internet. Fully 84% of US households now get some type of internet service at home. Broadband now accounts for virtually all (98%) of home internet service. These figures are based on a study by the Leichtman Research Group (LRG).

The way we get internet access is through a handful of Internet Service Providers. (The largest ones are listed below.) They connect you either through a cable or by a satellite.

Here are some general guidelines for internet speed and streaming video:
25 Mbps (average cable internet): sufficient for streaming 1080p HD video
10 Mbps (average 4G LTE connection): sufficient for 720p video
5 Mbps (average DSL connection): sufficient for 480p video
So you do not need 1 GB of download speed to stream movies or TV shows. Anything above 5 Mbps should be good enough to stream.

Video Streaming Services Usage

 
Netflix
Streaming Quality Data Consumption / 1hr
HD 3GB
SD 1GB
Hulu
Streaming Quality Data Consumption / I hr
HD 0.65 GB
SD 0.3GB
Amazon Prime video
Streaming Quality Data Consumption over  / I hr
HD 2 GB
SD 0.8 GB-0.9 GB
Youtube
Streaming Quality Data Consumption  / I hr
Low Resolution 0.3 GB
Medium (SD) 0.7 GB
High (HD) 3 GB
High Ultra HD 7 GB
*You can set the display resolution in your app's settings.

Data usage is the total amount of data sent between your device and the Internet and includes both downloads and uploads. In other words, the amount of data used is based on what you’re doing online, not the amount of time you spend online.

According to Computerworld, major ISPs are capping bandwidth available to home and mobile users. When users use more data than the cap allows, some ISPs charge an overage, others throttle data -- meaning slows down how much data you can use at one time. Because of the slower speeds, you will not be able to stream videos, music or play videogames without a considerable amount of lag.

Playback-quality settings can greatly vary data usage, generally ranging from as low as 144p playback (half of standard definition, or ‘SD’, quality) to 2160p (4K) video settings.

Speed is not as important as a data plan. How much! For the most part, the more data or unlimited plan will be more expensive. Satellite services really restrict data usage and are especially more expensive and unreliable

The problem in shopping around for an ISP is that they hold a monopoly in a particular area. You would be lucky if you more than one choice.

Internet Provider Data Usage Add'l Info
Cox Cable 1024 GB
Xnfinity Unlimited Com Cast Cable
Frontier Unlimtied
Century Link 1 TB
AT&T 300 GB Up to 1 TB
Spectrum 1 TB Charter
Windstream Unlimited
Mediacom 6,000 GB
Bright House N/A
RCN Unlimited
Sudden Link 360 GB
Hughes Net 50 GB over limit throttle speed
ViaSat 150 GB over limit throttle speed
Optimum Unlimited
Dish Unlimited through Verizon

Streaming Services HERE

Data Usage Comparison HERE

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