How many gigabytes do you use on Netflix, YouTube and Skype?

For a toddler, “20 minutes” doesn’t exist. But an episode of Paw Patrol does. However, the duration is the same. The difference is that an episode of Paw Patrol has the advantage of being concrete and digestible.

Internet packages lack the same sort of context. How many gigabytes of Netflix, Skype and YouTube do you use? It’s difficult to evaluate your needs so decoding internet packages seems complex.

Read the following to make sense of all these abstract “gigabytes and “megabytes.”

Netflix is my television and video club.

The megabyte (MB) is the basic unit of measurement here. Watching regular video in full-screen mode for one hour on a CRT TV requires 787 MB. That is, it uses just under one gigabyte (1 GB).

In 1 GB, there are roughly 1,000 MB. With 10 GB, you can watch Netflix for ten hours on an ordinary screen.

With 40 GB, two members of your household can watch three 60-minute episodes of their favorite series every week, in addition to a 120-minute movie. It’s a matter of using your 40 GB package exclusively towards your Netflix subscription.

Netflix equivalency table

Number of GB Number of viewing hours
10 GB 10 hrs
20 GB 20 hrs
50 GB 50 hrs
75 GB 75 hrs
100 GB 100 hrs

Do you have an HDTV?

Be aware that the resolution (1080p) is greedier in terms of megabytes than your good old television (480p). Thus, you will need almost twice as many gigabytes to support your consumption.

And while watching content online … have you thought about having a satellite TV package?

I have a weakness for YouTube; I go through clips at breakneck speeds.

Not all entertainment channels are the same. Ten GB allows ten hours of Netflix programming, whereas it allows 60 hours of YouTube content. Does this sound like a big difference? In fact, it’s not that much.

Statistics show that one third of YouTube users watch an average of 96 clips per month.
That is to say ten hours of listening per month, per internet user–say 20 hours–in high definition.

If two recipients of a 10 GB package view 96 videos in HD, then YouTube represents 50% of the package value. Add to your streaming consumption reading and extracting online video and audio via applications, social networks and online games…

YouTube equivalency table

Number of GB Number of viewing hours
10 GB 10 hrs
20 GB 20 hrs
50 GB 50 hrs

It is estimated that an ordinary quality six-minute YouTube video clip consumes 17 MB.

I use Skype more and more as a telephone alternative.

When it comes to megabyte consumption, Skype sits somewhere between Netflix and YouTube. A one-hour video conference uses about 28 MB.

With 10 GB, you can skype for 370 hours. This is the equivalent of making eye contact all day long for an entire month. Put simply, you could supervise your child at daycare!

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls, for which Skype is the world leader, require little bandwidth. Note, however, that calls to a residential phone line or mobile phone require a Skype subscription.

 *Some conditions apply.

Your actual consumption
is heterogeneous.

Obviously, Netflix, YouTube and possibly Skype accumulate as part of your basic consumption (e.g. navigation, emails, etc.). In addition, you or others using your connection may be looking for high-quality content in multichannel mode.

No matter how varied your consumer profile, now you have a better idea of ​​how you spend your gigabytes. Targeting three major data hogs is likely enough to better understand internet provider offerings and properly assess your needs.

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