Streaming videos is quickly becoming the most popular way to watch movies and tv shows. Renting a DVD at a rental store is usually a last resort for those wanting to watch a movie after a long day. It is more convenient to stream a movie from your phone, tablet, or on your television than it is to go out of your way to rent a movie elsewhere.

 

But, if you are one of the many people who are new to the streaming world, you may be wondering: How much internet speed do I need to stream video? So, to answer that question, we have compiled a list of some of the most popular streaming services and their recommended speed requirements (measured in megabits per second, or “mbps”):

 

  • Netflix:
      • Minimum Required: 0.5mbps
      • Minimum Recommended: 1.5mbps
      • SD Quality: 3mbps
      • HD Quality: 5mpbs
      • Ultra HD Quality: 25mbps

 

  • Apple TV:
      • SD Quality: 2.5mbps
      • 720p Quality: 6mbps
      • HD Quality: 8mbps

 

  • Hulu:
      • SD Quality: 1.5mbps
      • HD Quality: 3mbps
      • Live TV: 8mbps

 

  • Amazon Video or Putlocker:
      • SD Quality: 0.9mbps
      • HD Quality: 3.5mbps

 

  • YouTube:
      • Mobile – SD Quality: 0.5mbps
      • Mobile – HD Quality: 7mbps
      • TV/Computer – SD Quality: 3mbps
      • TV/Computer – HD Quality: 5mbps
      • TV/Computer – Ultra HD/4K Quality: 25mbps

 

  • Sling:
      • Mobile Devices: 3mbps
      • TV/Computer: 5mbps
      • Multiple Devices: 25mbps

 

  • Playstation Vue:
      • 1st Device: 10mbps
      • Each Additional Device: 5mbps

 

  • HBO GO:
      • Minimum: 3mbps or higher

 

  • Showtime:
      • Mobile Devices: 0.8mbps
      • TV/Computer: 3mbps

 

  • Starz Obsessable:
      • Minimum: 2.5mbps
      • Better Quality: 6mbps

 

  • Direct Now:
      • Minimum: 2.5mbps
      • HD Quality: 7.5mbps
      • Multiple Devices: 12mbps

 

  • VUDU:
      • SD Quality: 1mbps
      • HD Quality: 4.5mbps
      • Super HD/4K Quality: 11mbps

 

  • Crackle:
      • Minimum: 0.2mbps

 

  • Cinema Now:
      • SD Quality: 1.5-2.5mbps
      • HD Quality: 3-4.5mbps
      • Super HD: 8-11mbps

 

  • Acorn TV:
    • Minimum: 1.6mbps

 

Streaming videos can be a major convenience to someone with a busy lifestyle. However, trying to stream a video without a good internet speed  connection can create a bigger inconvenience. So, be prepared and know what your internet speed is and which streaming services will operate properly with those speeds. After all, no one likes to wait for a movie to buffer, especially at a crucial moment in the plot line!

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