Allotted Monthly GB's Through The Roof....

Old 03-12-14, 06:04 PM
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Allotted Monthly GB's Through The Roof....

My Daughter just had her Cable Box upgraded a few months ago..She gets Netflix's with her Rogers Cable...She has a monthly Plan for 100 GB's but recently the household consumption has almost doubled monthly..Her Son plays XBox online and her Daughter tends to brows YouTube a fair amount..What other Sites would be the Biggest Offenders to gobble up the GB's Quickly.. My Daughter is Baffled and has not been able to get a satisfactory answer from Rogers Cable...Cheers..
Old 03-12-14, 06:10 PM
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Netflix and the online gaming will be the biggest ones. Streaming movies and TV shows will use HUGE amounts of data. Youtube will a little bit, but not nearly as much as the others.
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Actually the amount of data exchanged in online console gaming is relatively small. You're talking a few hundred megs in total for a 5 hour session. All its swapping amounts to is coordinates and stats, and highly compressed audio (15-20kbps) for teamspeak.

Youtube is a pretty bad hog if you watch them in HD. A 5 minute video with a lot of action/scene changes can be in excess of 150MB at 1080p. The HD versions are not really compressed anymore like the .flv streams were. they are MP4, which while efficient, is still way bigger than the standard streams.

A single 2 hour Netflix movie in HD is about 3GB (last I checked, the stream maxes out at about 6Mbps).

If they have DirecTV, their On Demand service runs over the internet at up to 10Mbps.

Also keep in mind that if you have cell phones connected to the wifi, that traffic counts as well.

100GB is actually not a lot these days. I hope she isn't paying more than like $20-30 a month for it. In the past couple years the amount of bandwidth the average family uses has risen exponentially, thanks to high def streaming, youtube, Skype, cloud storage, etc. Plus nowadays where everyone has a 10 megapixel camera built into their phones, the average picture upload size has gone from a few hundred kilobytes to almost 10 megabytes. 100 photos = 1GB. Then there's the fact that it's easier than ever to upload your own high def videos.. Depending on the settings that could be even bigger than a HD Youtube video.

Even just normal web traffic has gotten bigger since internet connections became faster.. Web pages have also grown from a megabyte or less, to some being 25MB or larger.

Honestly I don't think it's out of the ordinary for her to be using over 100GB per month. She should look into other options if she's hitting the ceiling.
Old 03-13-14, 03:48 AM
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I noted one of the more pronounced satellite services is offering a "great" deal on their service. Wifey is all for cutting costs. I read through their offer and it was a come on for 100GB a month. I explained to my wife that with all we have connected at one time it would max out in short order, and we would be stuck with overage rates.
Old 03-13-14, 04:20 AM
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Netflix in customer settings online can be set to SD only to save bandwidth.
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True, Ray, and the savings can be significant without sacrificing too much picture quality.
The info below is from the Netflix website. If set to auto it's easy to see how 100gigs can be streamed by a family in a week or two.

There are 4 data usage settings to choose from:
Low (uses up to 0.3 GB per hour)
Medium (uses up to 0.7 GB per hour)
High (uses up to 1 GB per hour, up to 2.8 GB per hour if watching HD, or up to 4.7 GB per hour if watching 3D)
Auto (adjusts itself automatically to deliver the highest possible quality, based on your current internet connection speed)
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Have you ever tried to sit and watch something in low or medium on Netflix? Trust me, it's not an option, especially on a TV larger than 13".

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