The Right Broadband Speed For Streaming Movies And Content

by Lingraj Sahu

Although the other factors can be easily understood and fixed, the thing that needs your attention the most is how to choose the perfect high-speed internet connection for you.

Are you also tired of waiting for your favourite movies and series episodes to stop buffering? Is low internet speed spoiling your streaming experience? Then, maybe it’s time for you to upgrade your broadband plan. But, before you take that decision, it would be best to know why you were facing issues with streaming content. There could be multiple reasons. You may have a slow broadband plan, a lower capacity Wi-Fi router, multiple devices connected at the same time, etc.

Broadband Speed

Although the other factors can be easily understood and fixed, the thing that needs your attention the most is how to choose the perfect high-speed internet connection for you. And understanding broadband speed and the minimum amount required for seamless streaming can help you with it.

What Is Broadband Speed?

Broadband speed aka internet speed, in laymen’s terms, is the transmission speed of your broadband connection. Ideally, it is a combination of both download speed and upload speed that a broadband plan gives you.

Broadband speed is expressed in megabits per second (Mbps) which is the measurement of how much data travels to and from your home each second. According to the statement issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in September 2021, the minimum broadband speed any internet provider offers needs to be at least 2 Mbps.

Broadband Speed

And although that might be just enough to send messages or emails, it is not enough to seamlessly stream your favorite OTT content. It requires a much larger bandwidth. Read further to learn more about it.

What Is The Ideal Broadband Speed Required To Stream Movies And OTT Content?

Recent years have seen a major shift in the way we consume our sources of entertainment. The majority of us have shifted from watching regular DTH channels on TV to streaming OTT content on our smart devices.

Streaming services like Netflix and others claim that they ideally need an internet speed of at least 5Mbps to stream their content. However, this may vary depending upon peak timing and the number of devices connected to a single connection. Another factor that decides the speed required is the quality of content.

Here’s the ideal broadband speed required to stream your favourite OTT content based on video quality:

  • SD (480p): 3+ Mbps
  • HD (720–1080p): 5–13+ Mbps
  • 4K (UHD, 2160p): 16–25 Mbps
Broadband Speed

Now, even if that’s the ideal speed you need to stream your favourite content, it could also increase based on the number of devices connected at the same time. For example, if you have 3 smartphones, a laptop, and a TV connected to the Wi-Fi, you’ll need approximately 30-40 Mbps to stream 4K content on your Laptop or TV.

Similarly, if you have multiple TVs at home and have gotten a secondary DTH connection, you would require good quality, high-speed internet to give you the results you desire while watching TV.

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