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Old 06-13-2013, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I finally have broadband internet where I live and signed up for an "unlimited" plan which has a "soft cap" of 100gb per month.

I live in an area that is 60 miles from the nearest over the air broadcast tower. My television reception is marginal at best. This Monday a storm blew through and destroyed the TV antenna.

My normal viewing habits are one half hour of the evening National news and maybe two hours of programming. At the maximum I will be watching 3 hours a day total. I can get the nightly news broadcast from CBS or NBC delayed a day. I will be using Netflix for entertainment.

I have my preferences set for "Good" quality that is supposed to use .3GB per hour of bandwidth. If this figure is correct I shouldn't have any trouble even if I watch 10 hours of Netflix per day.

1) Have you found the bandwidth estimates provided by Netflix to be accurate?
2) I am watching on a "Smart TV". Will this use more bandwidth than a laptop?
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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1) If you burn through 100GB in a month just watching Netflix, you need a hobby. That is quite a large cap.
2) I doubt it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Thanks!
I just want to be sure before I get into it. Like I said I usually watch 2 hours of TV at night. It's going to be great to get away from the networks...
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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We rely on Netflix / Hulu / etc for all of our TV, and never have an issue with bandwidth. I think we have 250 GB per month, but there are 3 of us, and three TVs, and we stream on the highest setting.
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