What internet speed do I need to watch Netflix or Stan?

October 23rd, 2021
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What internet speed do you need for Netflix and Stan?

There’s nothing worse than when you’re in the middle of a movie and the video stream suddenly starts stuttering and the dreaded words “buffering” appear on the screen.

Streaming video from the internet requires a decent amount of bandwidth but just how fast does your connection really need to be? We’ve done some investigating and have summarised our findings below.

Netflix

From Netflix’s own website, recommended internet speeds for watching Netflix are  shown below.

Type Recommended Speed
Standard Definition (SD)3 Mbps
High Definition (HD)5 Mbps
Ultra High Definition (4K)25 Mbps
Internet connection speeds required for streaming Netflix

Stan

From Stan’s own website, recommended internet speeds for watching Stan are shown below.

Type Recommended Speed
Standard Definition (SD)3 Mbps
High Definition (HD)7.5 Mbps
Ultra High Definition (4K)15 Mbps
Internet connection speeds required for streaming Stan

YouTube

From YouTube’s own website, recommended internet speeds for watching YouTube are shown below.

Type Recommended Speed
Standard Definition (SD)1.1 Mbps
High Definition (HD)5 Mbps
Ultra High Definition (4K)20 Mbps
Internet connection speeds required for streaming Youtube

Our Recommendation

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

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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: