Streaming Speed Analysis

This analysis was completed on 2017-05-23. This is not an exhaustive list of streaming service providers and requirements are likely to change over time and increase as content quality increases.


Netflix

Speed Required in Mb/s Video Quality Data Rate Calculation
0.683 Mb/s per stream Low / Basic video quality up to 0.3 GB per hour1 0.3 x 1024 x 8 / 3600
1.592 Mb/s per stream Medium / Standard Video Quality up to 0.7 GB per hour1 0.7 x 1024 x 8 / 3600
6.827 Mb/s per stream High / Best Video Quality up to 3GB per hour for HD1 3.0 x 1024 x 8 / 3600
15.929 Mb/s per stream High / Ultra HD up to 7GB per hour for Ultra HD1 7.0 x 1024 x 8 / 3600

Amazon Prime

Speed Required in Mb/s Video Quality
0.900 Mb/s per stream Standard Definition (SD) videos2
3.500 Mb/s per stream High Definition (HD) videos2

HBO NOW

This service requires 3.0 Mb/s per video stream3.


Hulu

Speed Required in Mb/s Video Quality
1.5Mb/s per stream Standard Definition4
3Mb/s per stream 720p HD4
6Mb/s per stream 1080p HD4
13Mb/s per stream 4K ultra HD4

Sources
  1. Netflix Playback Settings
  2. Amazon Video System Requirements for Computers
  3. Troubleshoot video playback issues in an HBO NOW app
  4. hulu Internet speed requirements for streaming HD and 4K Ultra HD