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What bb speed to simply stream 4k movies ?

Hi all,

Just a simple question, I've done my Internet research and can't find a simple answer 🙂

Say I'm doing one thing, and one thing only, I'm streaming a 4k movie to my TV. What broadband speed do I need ?

I currently have 350mb. Surely I could reduce this when my contract ends ?

I don't blame VM, or any supplier for trying to up sell 🙂

Regards 

Kev.

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Re: What bb speed to simply stream 4k movies ?

4K streaming needs 15-32 Mbps, depending on compression choices by the service you use, and particularly on the scene content that's being broadcast - fast action and complex imagery doesn't compress anything like as much as most cartoons or non-action sequences.  Netflix have focused on "optimisation" of 4K streaming which means that the maximum bitrate would be 18 Mbps, but other services such as Apple TV are sometimes over 40 Mbps.

HD streaming is 5 Mbps (and so usually the most you'll need for Youtube, TwerpTok and the rest), gaming is about 2-3 Mbps, and videocalls/Teams and the like are about 2 Mbps unless they're doing full resolution HD which is uncommon.  Audio streaming is typically less than 1 Mbps, as is general internet browsing and social media (adjusting for any cat video content or downloads).

So, if you've got two 4K TVs streaming different content from an "inefficient" streaming service at 40 Mbps, plus two gamers, a Youtube cat video fanatic, and somebody doing a video call, then that amounts to a maximum of about 53 Mbps, to which you need a reasonable amount of contingency.  100 Mbps would do it, but you might find that the 10 Mbps upload is an issue in some circumstances, so in my humble opinion, 200 Mbps with its 20 Mbps upload is perhaps a sweet spot for family connections. 

But, your money, your choice.  if you want a 1 Gbps connection purely for bragging rights, there's nothing wrong with that at all. 

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Re: What bb speed to simply stream 4k movies ?

Many thanks @Andrew-G lots of interesting information there.

I think, in summary you're saying M50 would be enough for my situation, simply streaming a 4K movie to my TV, everything else switched off.

Coincidentally I've just been looking at current VM broadband deals, as M50 is more expensive than M100, if I was signing up today I'd go for M100, which would double to M200 as I have an O2 sim.

Thanks again.

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Re: What bb speed to simply stream 4k movies ?

In the strictest sense, yes, 50 Mbps would happily stream 4K content if the connection is working properly.  If you were using Apple TV or other services that use lower compression then you'd not have a lot of headroom if any other devices start helping themselves to bandwidth, for example to download updates, but with Netflix that shouldn't be an issue.

But I don't think VM sell new/renewed 50 Mbps contracts any longer, and the lowest you could go with VM would be 100, and if you can take advantage of the Volt offers that would indeed double.  Don't forget that any change to your contract (including claiming Volt benefits) starts a new 18 month minimum term, and you can't combine a discounted VM package with the Volt offer.  Depending on how good you are at negotiating, it might be better to see what discount you can negotiate rather than taking up a doubling of speed that you'll rarely use?  

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Re: What bb speed to simply stream 4k movies ?

Thanks again @Andrew-G.

Very useful additional information, I was indeed going to ask if my new O2 sim gives me any additional benefits to my Oomph package, you've saved me some time there.

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Kev.

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Re: What bb speed to simply stream 4k movies ?

100Mb is enough can watch 4K 60fps just fine
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