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Question RE netflix

Unread post by Theuns v V » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:34 am

Having been a dstv subscriber for a long time I am looking at other options.
dstv has the nasty habbit of closing down long running channels and displaying the same content on other channels yet the cost go up.

What is the monthly data needed to be able to replace dstv with netflix to get about the same boquet? Not sports but kids stuff, history,nat geo and movies?

Netflix itself is 99/m but I assume that one needs to download the stuff you want to watch. Does one nedd to see whats available ad then download to watch, not like "directly" watching dstv?

I assume only fibre will be fast enough to download all the content?

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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by Wonko the Sane » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:37 am

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Netflix and showmax are “on demand” i.e you are streaming live. If you pause, and come back tomorrow, you can carry on where you left off...

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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by Orthin Opter » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:33 am

Theuns v V wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:34 am
Having been a dstv subscriber for a long time I am looking at other options.
dstv has the nasty habbit of closing down long running channels and displaying the same content on other channels yet the cost go up.

What is the monthly data needed to be able to replace dstv with netflix to get about the same boquet? Not sports but kids stuff, history,nat geo and movies?

Netflix itself is 99/m but I assume that one needs to download the stuff you want to watch. Does one nedd to see whats available ad then download to watch, not like "directly" watching dstv?

I assume only fibre will be fast enough to download all the content?

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I have a Telkom ADSL line 8mbps download and it usually only buffers at the beginning. RSA bouquet is OK, cost is R139pm and all the kids stuff is free on Youtube with lots on Netflix is I setup Kids as a user.
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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by Christo » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:49 am

Theuns v V wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:34 am
Having been a dstv subscriber for a long time I am looking at other options.
dstv has the nasty habbit of closing down long running channels and displaying the same content on other channels yet the cost go up.

What is the monthly data needed to be able to replace dstv with netflix to get about the same boquet? Not sports but kids stuff, history,nat geo and movies?

Netflix itself is 99/m but I assume that one needs to download the stuff you want to watch. Does one nedd to see whats available ad then download to watch, not like "directly" watching dstv?

I assume only fibre will be fast enough to download all the content?

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Watching on HD for about 1 - 2 hours per evening will do about 200GB per month. You will need at least a 4 Mbps line (will buffer little in the beginning but should be ok after that) to watch it comfortably. I have 20Mbps fiber and it buffers for 1 sec before it starts playing and then nothing again.
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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by Theuns v V » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:19 am

Thanx I will look into it. DSTV yesterday seems to have requested my bank to pay them 3 times my normal monthly debit order, (last month 1,5 times) and I can see now I will have a fight on my hands to get this back from them.

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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by Mrb13676 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:02 am

Anything better than a 4mbps line will probably be ok. Most packages these days are uncapped anyway so data usage shouldn’t be a problem.

The only issue is that “enough speed” becomes a moving target - we’re at 100/10 at the moment and it could be faster.....
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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by Christo » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:06 am

Mrb13676 wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:02 am
we’re at 100/10 at the moment and it could be faster.....
:shock: :shock:

For home use??!? What are you doing? :lol: :lol:

My 20/10 is perfect for my usage right now, but we are only 2 adults, kids still to small to do internet (my saving grace most probably)
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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by cage » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:07 am

Mrb13676 wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:02 am
Anything better than a 4mbps line will probably be ok. Most packages these days are uncapped anyway so data usage shouldn’t be a problem.

The only issue is that “enough speed” becomes a moving target - we’re at 100/10 at the moment and it could be faster.....
You need to be sure you are actually getting what you are paying for, in many cases this isn't true.
Regular speed tests and checks for latency/jitter will let you see what you are getting.
Also speed test to different locations.

Never understood why some providers take a symetrical technology like fibre and then make it asymetrical.
I have 100/100 - or just 100 as it's called. it is more than enough to stream full HD/4k to multiple panels siultaneously and being able to surf.
Speed tests locally and offshore generally run at near line speed both up and down.
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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by Mrb13676 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:34 am

Christo wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:06 am
Mrb13676 wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:02 am
we’re at 100/10 at the moment and it could be faster.....
:shock: :shock:

For home use??!? What are you doing? :lol: :lol:

My 20/10 is perfect for my usage right now, but we are only 2 adults, kids still to small to do internet (my saving grace most probably)
2 adults, 2 teenagers. Sometimes SWAMBO and I disagree on what we want to watch. The kids will never agree. The only thing we all agree on is that life is too short to watch content in anything less than 1080p. So yeah. It’s almost enough.
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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by Mrb13676 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:35 am

cage wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:07 am
Mrb13676 wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:02 am
Anything better than a 4mbps line will probably be ok. Most packages these days are uncapped anyway so data usage shouldn’t be a problem.

The only issue is that “enough speed” becomes a moving target - we’re at 100/10 at the moment and it could be faster.....
You need to be sure you are actually getting what you are paying for, in many cases this isn't true.
Regular speed tests and checks for latency/jitter will let you see what you are getting.
Also speed test to different locations.

Never understood why some providers take a symetrical technology like fibre and then make it asymetrical.
I have 100/100 - or just 100 as it's called. it is more than enough to stream full HD/4k to multiple panels siultaneously and being able to surf.
Speed tests locally and offshore generally run at near line speed both up and down.
True story. We get a solid 100mbps all the time, local and oversea and latency is also stellar. The assymetry is only a gimmick by the telco to extract more cash for “better service”
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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by cage » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:38 am

Mrb13676 wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:35 am
The assymetry is only a gimmick by the telco to extract more cash for “better service”
True that.
I pay R1045pm and that includes a static IP address.
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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by Antman » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:40 pm

I pay R1045pm and that includes a static IP address
May I ask who your ISP is please?
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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by cage » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:50 pm

Antman wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:40 pm
I pay R1045pm and that includes a static IP address
May I ask who your ISP is please?
Typo - R1145pm
I use Rocketnet and that is on supersonic (ex MTN/smartvillage) fibre.
Used them for a couple of years (previously over Metrofibre) and have been happy with the service and support.
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Unread post by Christo » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:51 pm

Antman wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:40 pm
I pay R1045pm and that includes a static IP address
May I ask who your ISP is please?
You also need to know the fiber provider, deals for Openserve and Frogfoot will differ.
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Re: Question RE netflix

Unread post by Antman » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:28 pm

I use Rocketnet and that is on supersonic (ex MTN/smartvillage) fibre.
Used them for a couple of years (previously over Metrofibre) and have been happy with the service and support.
Thanks, I’ll give them a call. Currently with Metrofibre over Metrofibre, R1069 for 25/25 so your deal for 100/100 looks good.

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