Troubleshoot Tuesday: How Much Speed Do I Need to Stream HD

VPN customers in some parts of the world experience quite an adjustment of speed expectations when moving from local to VPN and again from VPN to wireless VPN on a router. In some parts of the world the choice is 100 Mbps local internet speed that is very limited in content or 2-3 Mbps VPN  internet speed with the world at their fingertips. While Sabai Technology and VPN providers across the world are constantly working to improve the accessibility and speed of internet freedom, it helps to know exactly how much speed you need to do certain tasks. Having an idea of speed requirements for things like streaming movies and television shows, provides better perspective on exactly how much of your internet speed you should be prepared to give up on to gain the vast treasure trove of content available in the UK, USA, or wherever you prefer to connect.

Luckily, our friends at Netflix recently published an “Internet Connection Speed Recommendations” guide. These download speeds  are the minimum recommended speed for playing movies and TV shows on Netflix streaming.

  • .5 Mbps is the required minimum connection speed
  • 1.5 Mbps is the recommended minimum connection speed
  • 3 Mbps will provide DVD quality streaming
  • 5 Mbps provides HD quality streaming
  • 7 Mbps provides Super HD quality streaming
  • 12 Mbps provides 3D quality streaming

So, what is Super HD? Only the best Netflix picture quality yet! This superior quality video provides beautiful playback on 1080p HDTV’s. To be sure that your Netflix choices stream in the best quality possible, use an HD quality streaming device such as the PS3, Wi, Roku, Apple TV, Smart TV, or Blu-Ray. Be sure to change your video quality setting to Best on the Video Quality page of your Netflix account.

Feel free to visit Netflix for the original article. If you have any questions about how Sabai Technology can help you experience streaming American Netflix while living abroad, feel free to contact us at Looking for better VPN wireless speed? Try a VPN Accelerator to boost your VPN Router performance!


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