In the age of Netflix and HDTV, will your TV Internet connection hold up?

The way in which we consume TV has changed drastically over the years. We’re no longer tuning into low definition channels and waiting impatiently for the ad breaks to be over. We’ve moved into a generation of high definition and on demand viewing. It’s so important to ensure your TV Internet connection can keep up to speed with all of the changes.

The latest figures show that 11.2 million Australians have Netflix subscriptions in their households. If you’re one of the millions wanting to stream movies and television shows online and keep your house stocked with the latest tech, like the new 4K (or if you’re ahead of the game, 8K) TVs, you’ll need an Internet provider that can back you with the right speeds for uninterrupted streaming.

Australia recently dropped to 59th in the global broadband speed rankings, so if you like streaming movies, while using your Internet for other things, like ordering your Uber Eats, working from home, downloading music, or general net-surfing, the snail-paced NBN might become too slow, too quickly.

When is it time for an upgrade?

The dreaded spinning wheel of death or pixelated Netflix content are all signs that you may need to upgrade to a bigger plan or switch to an NBN alternative that flies through the air and above the congestion (cue Spirit.)

If you’re watching Ultra HD content on a 4K TV (that’s four times as many pixels than a full HDTV), Netflix recommends you’ll need at least 25Mbps to have a quality streaming experience. With 8K TVs already hitting the market, there’s no doubt these numbers will continue to rise as high definition content becomes available.

Below are the recommended speeds Netflix suggests:

  • 0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed
  • 1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed
  • 3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality
  • 5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality
  • 25 Megabits per second – Recommended for Ultra HD quality

To ensure ultimate Netflix and HDTV streaming, a Sky-Speed symmetrical plan will allow you to upload and download at the same time without any glitches in the matrix.

To find out more about the best residential plans to suit you, visit our website, or call our team on 1800 SPIRIT

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