atheling wrote:This probably varies by which channel you are using. But I think many, including Netflix, use HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) which basically packages video into 10 second pieces. I don't know how many 10 second pieces Netflix buffers before showing the movie but I am positive it is not the whole movie.
solatv wrote:For instance, when I start a movie in Netflix and it says retrieving, am I retrieving the whole movie? If I shut the movie off after two minutes will it have charged me data usage for the whole movie or just for the time that I actually watched it?
socantra wrote:How about some more details here. What sort of Cox Cable Internet Plan do you have, ?
what is the download speed you are paying for?
What is your "allowed data usage"?
What sort of activities do you do that consume data ; (internet browsing, video streaming, bit torrent downloading, etc.)?
I had not heard of COX data caps, but since I am in an area where COX is one of only two high speed internet providers, I am very interested in more information.
As far as Cox goes I had always had the Essentials Internet which was 3MB downloading and $35.00 per month. They sent me an e-mail inforning me that Essentials has a 50GB data cap per month. I called Cox to see what this was about and spoke with a Cox representative who told me that I would get a warning each month I went over for 2 months and that on the 3rd month they would put a firewall to block my internet. I asked the representative what would happen next and he said that I would have to call to get my internet turned back on. I think to make arrangements to switch plans.
The 2 months since the roku I averaged 115GB.
He highly suggested that I upgrade to the Preferred Internet which is 18MB downloading and $48.00 per month and allows 200 GB per month of data. I cancelled the cable last month (my husband put up an antenna outside) so that gave me a bit of leverage to say this is too much trouble I'm thinking of cancelling everything with you & moving my phone & internet to Bellsouth. The representative was very kind and upgraded me to the Preferred Internet for 1 year at the same price I've been paying for the Essentials Internet.
catastrophegirl wrote:you may want to check the netflix settings on your roku. if you prefer quantity over quality you can downgrade the quality of the stream to get more movies out of your data limit. i have no data limit so i've never had to do this, and can't give specific instructions, but it's a menu on the roku settings on the box
ronfelder wrote:There is no setting to change quality for quantity on the Roku. You do this under your profile on Netflix.
catastrophegirl wrote:I have seen the Netflix settings option under the settings menu but never had a reason to explore it. I'd heard from other people that they were able to change their streaming quality settings in Netflix and mistakenly thought it was in that menu
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