Save data and watch more Netflix with this simple tweak

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Changing the quality setting on your Netflix from HD or Auto to SD will save you a ton of data. Learn how with this short video.
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Alex, Viasat Corporate Communications

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J&J

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Thanks Alex,  I'll watch that tonite during the LNFZ.  ;o)
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Interesting to note that despite having Flash Control installed to handle HTML5 and after clicking on that link, YouTube still preloaded/buffered the entire video - fortunately it was only around 4-5 MB in SD. I've only seen that behavior on YouTube so far - if I hadn't watched the tracker status closely, wouldn't have even known I was using data unintentionally even though "I don't watch videos".

Welcome to my router's URL filter, YouTube!               
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FWIW, Firefox 42 appears to have changed HTML5 video behavior that affects Flash Control somehow. I was wondering why it was even preloading despite having disabled HTML5 in the Firefox about:config.

After downloading Firefox 41.0.2, reinstalling it and allowing YouTube, that behavior is back to what I expected - no autoplay, no preload and automatically rolling back to Flash behavior that is more easily controlled.

While I've loosened the reins on YouTube, I've got it on a short leash since many other sites I visit have YouTube videos embedded that I may choose to watch when feeling flush with data.