Netflix Lowers Data Usage in Canadian Streaming
While most internet users in the United States have unlimited access, Canada’s internet usage is generally metered and consumers can be hit with overage charges should they go over their cap. To deal with this problem, Yahoo News reports that Netflix has announced it has rolled out a new plan in Canada that cuts down on the amount of data used to stream video.
Where Netflix’s old method of streaming generally used thirty-one gigabytes of data to stream thirty hours of video, it has now created three levels of streaming: Good, Better, and Best. Good, the default setting, will use only nine gigabytes of data for those same thirty hours; Better will use about twenty gigabytes; and Best will use around thirty gigabytes for thirty hours of regular video or over sixty gigabytes of HD video.
Obviously the lower data usage will affect the picture quality, but Netflix claims the impact is “minimal” and consumers can change their video settings in their account as desired.
This isn’t an issue in the United States yet, but it certainly could become one should internet providers ever switch to a consumption-based billing model.