Streaming has become the latest buzz word, but a lot of people sign up for a streaming account and are sorely disappointed at the quality they get and how much of their bandwidth is used.

First off, let’s just point out, uncapped data is not suitable for streaming. Anyone who tells you otherwise is fooling you. The problem with uncapped data is that there is usually a fairly high ratio of users per Mbps of data speed sold. So when the network gets busy, the stream gets bad.

When we say bad, it means that the video either buffers, gets blocky, resolution drops, or it just plain stops and doesn’t work.

So we called Netflix in Tampa, Florida, USA, and this is what they said:

Standard Definition (SD) has a resolution of 480p, like an old tube style TV set. It requires an Internet speed of 3Mbps. So a 4Mbps line with a capped account is a good choice to start.

High Definition (HD) has a resolution of 1080p, like a standard flat panel TV set. It requires an Internet speed of 5Mbps. So a 10Mbps line with a capped account is the choice here.

Ultra High Definition (4K) has a resolution of 2160p, which the very fancy modern and expensive TV sets boast. It requires a whopping speed of 25Mbps. So a 40Mbps line with a capped account is the obvious choice here.

So you need to ask yourself, how much am I willing to spend to get my fix of Game of Thrones?

The next thing you need to take into account is availability of line speed in your area. You can give us a call on 084 911 3333 or email us on sales at ksthree dot com and we will confirm that with Telkom for you. Even if you are not our customer, we will still assist you with this.

When rolling out new technologies, Telkom seems to target areas with a higher average speed base than areas with a lower average speed base. So if you live in an area where almost everybody had a 10Mbps ADSL line, chances are you already have 40Mbps VDSL available to you. If your average is say 2Mbps, then you probably won’t get much joy.

But in saying that, Telkom appears to have put the brakes on VDSL roll out in favor for Fibre to the Home or Fibre to the Business which has speeds of up to 100Mbps, and is less susceptible to cable theft, unlike the copper based ADSL and VDSL counterparts.

Again, contact us and we will check for you.

So what about the data usage?

Well, at SD will use about 1.3GB per 60 minutes of viewing. HD will use about 2.2GB per 60 minutes of viewing. With 4K you can expect to burn through a whopping 11.2GB per 60 minutes of viewing.

So use this as a benchmark when choosing how much bandwidth you buy. Remember, with you can upgrade and downgrade your monthly purchase with just a weeks notice.

Finally, what about Running the TV on WiFi?

WiFi is great. It allows you to have ZERO wires, but their is only so many radio channels and everybody has WiFi now. If you and your neighbours are all on the same channel, then you have to share it, which means you won’t get full WiFi speed.

If your TV has a network speed test function, like Ookla, then use it to test it out, or you can download their app on your mobile device to test it out.

Sometimes, running a cable from the router to the TV is best. We can supply you a ready made cable to the length that you need, so you can run it yourself and save some money. Seriously, it’s not rocket science.

The ShowMax website had no contact numbers on it, but it did say that their resolution is up to 720p. But the resolution will automatically adjust depending on your Internet speed. They claim that you don’t need more than 4Mbps, and even a 2Mbps line will work.