How much data for Netflix?

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We want to get Netflix. If I don't use my data for my phone or computer about how much data would I need? I always use up my data now for my phone but will not be using it much anymore. We know nothing about how much data Netflix uses. Thanks
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That depends on the resolution you choose to view videos in. HD (1080/720) uses about 1 GB per hour of video, SD (480) uses about 0.25 GB per hour.)

Assuming all is HD, you would get about 1 hour per GB available in your data plan, or about 4 times as many hours if it's all in SD.
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Like Bev suggested watching at a lower resolution will stretch the usage a little further but depending on how much you plan to watch you might want to get a 25GB, 50GB or Freedom plan if available
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Find another way, Exede is not the way to go, I have a neighbor right down the road from me that uses Exede for Netflix and watches 5 movies a day between her and her roommate, and add to that stays on Facebook and youtube, Ok so me and my roommate order the same exact package she has and we burn our data up in 1 day. now we are in liberty pass and while exede tells you it will average 1-5 mbps, its more like .25 Mbps, which may or may not load Facebook, much less watch a video. I dont understand how one person can use data so freely and not a few blocks down the road, we are so limited. I had Hughes net before and I hated it and apparently from what I am seeing of this, I am not going to like it either
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First thing I'd do is ask her how she does it - good chance she's using some aggressive data saving strategies as many of us do.

FWIW, the official NetFlix estimates on data usage are at:

https://help.netflix.com/en/node/87

Adjusting to a lower resolution can help, particularly when using the default Auto setting where Netflix "adjusts automatically to deliver the highest possible quality, based on your current Internet connection speed" - like after a monthly data reset when speeds are restored to normal. There's a big spread between .3GB and 7GB per hour.  

With the mention of Facebook and YouTube, I'm betting she may even have HTML5 media blocked to prevent both auto play and per-loading of HTML5 media content. There are any number of measure that can be taken to eliminate the bloat of today's web sites - that not only saves data, but speeds things up with less crap filling your pipeline. Ask her - she apparently knows based on this anecdote.
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The neighbor could also be using a third party product to download content during the free zone and then watch it that way. That is the way I do it.
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P.S. That should say "pre-loading" HTML5 media content - meaning you get if even if you don't watch it by pressing play. Regardless find out what she's doing to squeeze that much Netflix use out of her plan - I'll have what she's having... 
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Nightshift can do it. But it is no longer being sold and will die at some point. I believe somebody mentioned another product. And if you are just viewing Netflix on tablets, you can preload that and watch it at any time later. Same with Amazon Prime. But again, that is with mobile devices.
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PlayOn - https://www.playon.tv/

It also appears that select NetFlix content can also be downloaded for offline viewing on Windows 10 now with their App:

https://help.netflix.com/en/node/54816
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