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Windows 7: Download or Stream ... that's the question.

23 Jan 2017   #1
nithig

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 
Download or Stream ... that's the question.

Hallellullia, at last decent broadband has arrived in the neighbourhood and I can get more than kb/s! Being a film lover I have long wanted to be able to watch online or download films to watch at leisure. However, I don't have unlimited allocation - currently 80GB/month which I thought would be tons but with 2 phones also using data the first month with the new service has shown that I need to be careful. So my big question is this: do I download (av. film about 700MB-1GB) or stream (apparently Netflicks info states that SD uses 700MB/hour and HD takes 3 GB/hour). Now 3 GB x 2 (lots of films now close to 2 hrs) is much more than the straight download.
Also haven't actually streamed anything yet so by all means mention your favourite URL for streaming (I don't want to sign up under contract with any service, rather keep it casual).

What's your experience?
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25 Jan 2017   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

You might keep in mind that streaming at certain times that suit you might also be times that everyone else is also streaming so you might get glitches & reception problems that are most irritating.

If you elect to download it might be best to pick a time when things are quiet, such as very late at night or very early in the morning. That should provide the best speed.
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26 Jan 2017   #3
nithig

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks Ranger4 ...
Will show what I've learned hunting about the net:-

How much internet data are you using?
This handy table shows how much data some standard online activities use. Bear in mind that the figures are only rough estimates - your actual usage is likely be around these amounts, but could be more or less depending on a number of factors.
Activity
Data consumption
One hour of web browsing
10 - 25MB
Download a document
2MB
One hour of Facebook
20MB
Download a music track
4MB
Stream 30 minutes of YouTube
175MB
Download a non-HD film
700MB
Download an HD film
4GB
Stream one hour of non-HD video
250MB
Stream one hour of HD video
2GB
Stream one hour of music or radio
150MB
(Information taken from a number of providers, including BT, Virgin Media, and Vodafone)
___________________________________________________________________________
Netflix Quality Level
Usage per Hour in GB
Usage per Hour in MB


Better Quality0.7 GB720 MB
Best Quality – Standard Definition1.0 GB 1,024 MB
Best Quality – High Definition3.0 GB2,400 MB
Ultra HD 7 GB7,168 MB


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