There are, of course, lots of uses for high speed broadband, but one of the most popular are streaming TV and music services such as BBC iPlayer, Netflix and Amazon Prime, with more new services available all the time. The faster the connection , the smoother the online streaming experience .

BBC iPlayer recommends a speed of at least 1.5 megabits per second (mbps) for its standard service, and 2.8mbps for High Definition (HD) quality streaming. This is slightly higher for Netflix, where the minimum speed required is about 3mbps for Standard Definition (SD) streaming and around 5mbps for HD. For the Netflix or Amazon 4K services (Ultra HD) a speed of 25mbps is recommended and for music streaming, speeds of between 0.16 and 0.9 mbps are required, which are well within the capability of the most broadband connections.

Of course if you have 5 connections simultaneously streaming, then you will need 5 x 5Mbps to watch a Netflix HD  stream, or 125Mbps download for an Ultra HD stream.[separator]

Watching movies and streaming TV *

Service Needed for non HD HD Ultra HD
BBC iPlayer 1.5 Mbps 2.8 Mbps Not available
Netflix 3 Mbps 5 Mbps 25 Mbps
Amazon Prime Video 0.9 Mbps 3.5 Mbps 25 Mbps
YouTube 2.5 Mbps 4 Mbps 15 Mbps

Streaming Music*  

Service Minimum internet speed (Normal quality)
Spotify (Mobile) 0.96 Mbps
Spotify (Desktop) 0.160 Mbps
Google Play Music 0.320 Mbps
Apple Music (iTunes) 0.256 Mbps
Amazon Music Unlimited 0.5 Mbps

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