What is the best internet speed for streaming video?

December 5th, 2022
video streaming services

Whether it’s watching Netflix, Ten Play or YouTube, pretty much everyone streams video from the internet these days. What internet speed do you need to ensure that your streaming is smooth and uninterrupted?

We’ve investigated all the major streaming platform and have listed all the details below.

We’ve already done a deep dive on Netflix and Stan so this blog post is more of a summary of the requirements of all the streaming platforms on one page.

How fast does your internet need to be to stream video from the internet?

The table below shows the recommended internet speeds for streaming video content on all the major streaming services.

Streaming ServiceStandard Definition (SD)High Definition (HD)Ultra High Definition (4K)
Netflix3 Mbps5 Mbps25 Mbps
Stan3 Mbps7.5 Mbps15 Mbps
Disney+5 Mbps25 Mbps
Youtube1.1 Mbps5 Mbps20 Mbps
Amazon Prime1 Mbps5 Mbps20 Mbps
Binge1.5 Mbps5 Mbps
Apple TV+7 Mbps25 Mbps
Foxtel3 Mbps7 Mbps20 Mbps
ABC iView1.1 Mbps5 Mbps
Internet speed required for different streaming services

What does all this mean?

There is quite a bit of information in the table above but you will notice that all the streaming services have similar internet speed requirements for the different video qualities.

In summary, if you want to watch in 4K UHD you’ll need a 25 Mbps connection. If you are happy with 1080p HD, a 10 Mbps connection should be fine. A standard definition video stream will only require about a 3Mbps connection.

How much data does streaming video use?

A summary of how much data in gigabytes each streaming service uses is shown in the table below.

Streaming ServiceStandard Definition (SD)High Definition (HD)Ultra High Definition (4K)
Netflix0.7 GB per hour3 GB per hour7 GB per hour
Stan0.6 GB per hour1.1 GB per hour7 GB per hour
Disney+0.7 GB per hour2 GB per hour7.7 Gb per hour
Youtube0.6 GB per hour1.7 GB per hour2.7 GB per hour
Amazon Prime0.8 GB per hour2 GB per hour7 GB per hour
Binge0.5 GB per hour3.25 GB per hour
Apple TV+1.5 GB per hour3.4 GB per hour8 GB per hour
Foxtel1.4 GB per hour3.2 GB per hour
ABC iView0.8 GB per hour2 GB per hour
Internet data usage rates for different streaming services

Monthly data requirements for video streaming

Based on the above table at UHD 4K you would use about 7 GB per hour and at HD 1080p you would use about 3 GB per hour.

Video Streaming useHours per week Data required per month
Light3 hours (2 movies)36GB for HD
85GB for UHD
Medium7.5 hours (5 movies)90GB for HD
210GB for UHD
Heavy15 hours (10 movies)180GB for HD
420GB for UHD
Addict25 hours (16 movies)300GB for HD
700GB for UHD
Monthly data required for streaming video for different types of users

Our Recommendation

We recommend a minimum speed of 25 Mbps for streaming movies and videos on any platform. If you have a large family, live in a share house or more than one movie will be streaming simultaneously then upgrading to 50 Mbps would be a wise choice.

In terms of data use, if you are a light or medium user of video streaming services ie a few movies a week, a 200 GB monthly data allowance should be fine. If you are heavy user we would recommend an unlimited data plan.

Best NBN plans for light to medium video streaming

If you watch movies or stream video for about an hour a day on average then these are the plans for you.

Company Plan
Name
Monthly
Cost
Avg Monthly Cost
(2 years)
Typical Evening Speed Quota  
Tangerine broadband NBN reviews
Tangerine
Standard
(NBN)
(Month by month)
$59.9
$44.9 for first 6 months
$56.15 25 Mb/s Unlim
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Superloop broadband NBN reviews
Superloop
Home Basic
(NBN)
(Month by month)
$59.95
$49.95 for first 6 months
$57.45 25 Mb/s Unlim
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Dodo broadband NBN reviews
Dodo
nbn25
(NBN)
(Month by month)
$65 $62.29 25 Mb/s Unlim
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MyRepublic broadband NBN reviews
MyRepublic
Standard Plus
(NBN)
(Month by month)
$69
$59 for first 6 months
$66.5 50 Mb/s Unlim
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Aussie Broadband broadband NBN reviews
Aussie Broadband
Casual
(NBN)
(Month by month)
$69 $69 25 Mb/s Unlim
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Best NBN plans for heavy video streaming

Heavy video streamers need the unlimited data and 50Mbs speed that these plans offer.

Company Plan
Name
Monthly
Cost
Avg Monthly Cost
(2 years)
Typical Evening Speed Quota  
MyRepublic broadband NBN reviews
MyRepublic
Standard Plus
(NBN)
(Month by month)
$69
$59 for first 6 months
$66.5 50 Mb/s Unlim
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Tangerine broadband NBN reviews
Tangerine
XL Speed Boost
(NBN)
(Month by month)
$69.9
$54.9 for first 6 months
$66.15 50 Mb/s Unlim
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Superloop broadband NBN reviews
Superloop
Home Standard
(NBN)
(Month by month)
$69.95
$54.95 for first 6 months
$66.2 50 Mb/s Unlim
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TPG broadband NBN reviews
TPG
NBN50
(NBN)
(6 month contract)
$69.99 $69.99 48 Mb/s Unlim
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iinet broadband NBN reviews
iinet
NBN50
(NBN)
(Month by month)
$74.99 $74.99 50 Mb/s Unlim
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Best Wireless 4G and 5G plans for Streaming Video

4G and 5G wireless plans that support streaming of video are listed below:

Company Plan
Name
Monthly
Cost
Avg Monthly Cost
(2 years)
Typical Evening Speed Quota  
Vocal broadband NBN reviews
Vocal
Wireless 200
(Wireless - 4G)
(Month by month)
$59
Setup Fee: $249
$69.38 79 Mb/s 200 GB
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Moose Mobile broadband NBN reviews
Moose Mobile
200GB
(Wireless - 4G)
(Month by month)
$59 $59 50 Mb/s 200 GB
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Vocal broadband NBN reviews
Vocal
Wireless 200
(Wireless - 4G)
(24 month contract)
$59
Setup Fee: $149
$65.21 79 Mb/s 200 GB
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Yomojo broadband NBN reviews
Yomojo
200GB
(Wireless - 4G)
(Month by month)
$59.9 $59.9 15 Mb/s 200 GB
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Yomojo broadband NBN reviews
Yomojo
500GB
(Wireless - 4G)
(Month by month)
$59.9 $59.9 15 Mb/s 500 GB
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Further Reading

This article is the part of our ultimate guide to NBN, wireless and broadband internet in Australia. Other articles in this series are: