When deciding on a streaming service, like Netflix, your options are plentiful. This is the case whether or not you are a cordcutter. It’s best to make the right decision and get the biggest programming bang for your dollar.


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We are publishing a series of articles covering the top streaming companies in the industry. This time, we train our eyes on Netflix. Use this information to decide if it makes sense as part of your channel portfolio.

A Closer Look at Netflix

Netflix remains one of the most popular streaming channels. The company started as a DVD rental service; gradually moving into on-demand video over time. A DVD-only service still exists, but only in the U.S.

Beyond movies, Netflix uses its revenue to produce its own original content. The wildly-popular Stranger Things being an excellent example.

The company offers three service tiers, Basic, Standard, and Premium. They are priced at $8.99, $12.99, and $15.99 per month. All three provide one free month to new subscribers, and the ability to watch on TV, tablet, phone, and computer.

The Basic tier only displays SD video, limited to one device at a time. Standard offers HD content streaming on up to two simultaneous devices. Finally, Premium offers Ultra HD streams on up to four devices. 

Considering the limited amount of Ultra HD content available, sticking with the Standard tier makes sense for most users.

How Much Internet Speed do I Need to Stream Netflix?

Like all streaming services, Netflix requires a high-speed Internet connection. This is especially the case if you want to stream HD content. The number of devices simultaneously accessing your Internet service also affects picture quality.

Netflix recommends an Internet speed of at least 5 Mbps to steam HD movies and TV shows. 3 Mbps is their recommendation for SD content. If you are on the Netflix Premium tier, 25 Mbps is a must for 4K and Ultra HD programming.

Perform a speed test to see if your connection handles Netflix’s bandwidth needs. Once again, if multiple devices are using your bandwidth at the same time, streaming quality suffers as a result. Read further to learn how to optimize your home Internet service for HD streaming.

Optimizing Netflix Streaming Performance at Home

Thankfully, it’s easy to optimize your home Internet speed to handle Netflix streaming. Understanding how your router works is important. Regularly perform speed tests to get a benchmark for your home Internet service. Periodically rebooting your modem and router also helps.

Finally, consider using a range extender to reach areas in your residence distant from your wireless router. A mesh network is another option worth considering for improving your home Internet performance.

Following this advice provides the best way to take full advantage of your Netflix subscription.