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Netflix is one of the most popular streaming platforms on the market. This is even more so the case as a consequence of COVID-19. After all, with many people restricted to the confinement of their homes, they had nothing else to do but watch a lot of television. If you have Netflix or you are thinking about getting it, you are going to need to make sure that your Broadband package does not let you down. Considering that, we will discuss everything you need to know about selecting the right broadband package for Netflix streaming specifically.
Netflix has been running for many years now, but it really started to ramp up its place in the market in 2012. This is when the company took more of an active role in terms of producing and distributing television series and movies. A lot of Netflix Original content has been added to the library. Netflix has also extended its reach around the world, operating in over 190 countries. From Orange is the New Black to Mindhunter, we have Netflix to thank for a wide range of popular shows available today.
There are lots of films and TV shows for people to choose from on the Netflix app today in Ireland. From comedies to crime shows, all genres are catered to.
Some of the most popular shows on Netflix at present are the following:
Netflix is a streaming service, which means all you need is an Internet connection and a device that can connect to the Internet. This could be a smart television, mobile, computer, tablet, or any other device of this nature. You then get access to a catalogue of movies and films, which is updated all of the time.
There are currently three subscription packages for Netflix users to choose from. The first is the basic package, which is £5.99 per month. This enables you to watch Netflix on one device at standard definition. The next offers two devices, with HD available, and this is £8.99 per month. Finally, for four devices, with Ultra HD available, you will want the premium subscription. This costs £11.99 per month.
If you are going to be using the Netflix app, you need to make sure that your unlimited broadband provider and connection is going to hold up and provide you with a great streaming experience on your mobile or PC. Not all unlimited broadband packages in Ireland are created equally, and a minimum amount of speed is going to be needed to make sure that your Netflix experience is a positive one.
If you are going to be streaming in standard definition (SD) on the Netflix app, the minimum requirement that is needed is 3 Mbps. However, if you want to benefit from one of the higher quality streaming experiences, you will certainly need more than this. For HD quality, you will need a minimum of 5 Mbps. For 4k quality or Ultra HD, you will need way more than this; at least 25 Mbps is required.
Not only do you need to think about the level of HD quality you want from your streaming experience when considering a broadband speed but you are also going to need to think about the number of other people in the property. If other people are going to be streaming or playing games online, for instance, you will need to account for shared bandwidth when you are determining your needs. This is something that a lot of people do not recognise when they are comparing the different broadband packages out there.
You may have seen the term “Mbps” a few times now, and if you are not familiar with this term, you are probably a bit perplexed. It stands for megabits per second, and this is the measurement that is used to determine the download speed of the broadband service you used. High-speed Internet is applicable to any service that is above 25 Mbps. Faster speeds are always recommended unless you are purely going to be using broadband Internet to check your emails and browse the web.
Yes, if you are a single user and you want to stream HD movies in the best quality, this should be sufficient. You will have no problem watching your favourite programs and movies in 4K definition with this speed.
However, as touched upon, you do need to be cautious when it comes to numerous devices used by different users, as this will impact your bandwidth. In most cases, a speed of 50 Mbps is still going to cover this. Nonetheless, it does depend on a number of other factors, for example, the Wi-Fi network of your router, your modem, and peak traffic time. These are all the sorts of factors that can impact speed.
A good piece of advice is to always be cautious when you are choosing the required broadband speed for your needs. When you work out the Mbps that is going to be right for you, you should always add on 5 Mbps. This should ensure that you are covered irrespective of any slight variations that happen.
If you would like to find out more about the best broadband provider options for Netflix, please do not hesitate to contact our team. We would be happy to advise you on the deals and packages that are going to be most suitable to you if you are an avid Netflix user. You do not want your broadband package to let you down when it comes to streaming your favourite television shows and movies. There is nothing worse than a bit of buffering when you’re getting to the good part. We can also talk you through Sky TV, Telecom, and landline options too.