Streaming With 1000 Mbps Internet Speed: Is It Worth The Extra Money?

Streaming With 1000 Mbps Internet Speed: Is It Worth The Extra Money?

I recently moved to another part of the town. After the shift, my internet service provider offered me a 1000 Mbps internet plan which was available in that area.

My existing plan was a 100 Mbps one and the 1000 Mbps was costing twice that every month. 

A majority of my internet was used to carry out office work during the day and stream movies and shows during the night. Since my needs were pretty basic, I wasn’t sure if the additional speed was worth the extra money. 

So, I sat to research the benefits I would get with a 1000 Mbps speed and how it would affect my day-to-day tasks. After spending a week going through the online resources and talking to my internet service provider, I finally had my answer.

Getting a 1000 Mbps internet plan for your home is great for 8-10 members simultaneously using the internet. If there are only 3-4 active internet users in the house, you do not need a 1000 Mbps plan since practically, you only need around 25 Mbps speed to stream a 4K video on any device without buffering.

How Fast is 1000 Mbps Internet Speed?

Megabit per second, or Mbps, is a unit used to measure the speed of an internet connection. It refers to the amount of data that can be transferred over the internet in one second. 

Whenever you stream movies and shows on any of the streaming services, there is a continuous transfer of data (audio and video content) between the internet and your device. A higher Mbps connection results in smoother and faster streaming since more data is transferred in a short amount of time.

A 1000 Mbps internet connection typically offers a transfer rate of 125 MB/second. 

To understand how fast this is, let’s compare it with the other common internet speeds.

Internet SpeedTransfer RateTime Taken to Download 1Gb Attachment
1000 Mbps125 MB/second8-10 seconds
100 Mbps12.5 MB/second1-1.5 minute
50 Mbps10 MB/second2.5-3 minute
101.25 MB/second13-15 minute

As you can see, a 1000 Mbps internet connection allows you to carry out your work much quicker compared to the other plans. It allows you to download your favorite movie in HD quality within seconds. 

Do You Need 1000 Mbps Internet Speed for Streaming?

Different types of streaming have different bandwidth requirements, which refers to the amount of Mbps needed to stream content at a certain quality level.

The amount of bandwidth required for a successful stream depends on the platform you are using and the quality of the video.

Let’s see the bandwidth requirements of some of the popular streaming platforms:

Streaming TypeStreaming QualityBandwidth Required
NetflixHD 720p3 Mbps
FHD 1080p5 Mbps
4K UHD15 Mbps
YouTubeSD 360p0.7 Mbps
SD 480p1.1 Mbps
HD 720p2.5 Mbps
FHD 1080p5 Mbps
4K UHD20 Mbps
Disney PlusHD 1080p5 Mbps
4K UHD25 Mbps
Prime VideoSD 480p1 Mbps
HD 1080p5 Mbps
4K UHD25 Mbps
Live Streaming10-25 Mbps

So, we need at most 25 Mbps internet speed to successfully stream a video in the highest quality without buffering. 

A 1000 Mbps internet offers much more than required. With a 1000 Mbps internet speed, 4 to 5 people can simultaneously stream a 4K video on their device without any lag.

Is High-Speed Internet Enough for Quality Streaming?

No, in addition to the internet speed, other factors such as the device you are using, the quality of the video source, and network congestion also affect the streaming quality.

Here are the factors that affect streaming quality:

  • Internet Speed: Internet speed affects the transfer rate between the Internet and your device. Higher Mbps will allow for smoother streaming, while lower Mbps may result in buffering or low-quality streaming.
  • Video Codec: A codec is a software tool that compresses and decompresses video data. Some codecs can compress the video data to a smaller file size without losing much quality, while others may result in a lower-quality video.
  • Quality of the Video Source: If the source video has a low resolution or bitrate, the resulting stream may look pixelated or blurry.
  • Device and Display: If the device or display you are using cannot handle the resolution or bitrate of the video, the resulting stream may be of lower quality.
  • Network Congestion: Network congestion occurs when many people are using the internet at the same time, which can result in slower internet speeds and lower-quality streaming. 
  • Router and Wi-Fi: Outdated or poorly configured routers may not be able to handle the high bandwidth requirements of streaming, while a weak Wi-Fi signal can result in slower speeds and lower-quality streaming.

So, just upgrading to a higher internet speed doesn’t guarantee a better streaming experience. 

Is 1000 Mbps Enough for Gaming and Other Activities?

When we talk of using the internet, streaming movies and shows is not the only thing we do. There are many other activities like gaming, video conferencing, and business tasks to take care of. 

All these activities require a fast and stable internet connection to avoid lag and ensure a smooth uninterrupted experience. 

Here’s the amount of bandwidth you need for the different internet activities:

  • Online gaming: 3-4 Mbps
  • Streaming video: 1-25 Mbps
  • Skype / Zoom call: 1-5 Mbps
  • Whatsapp call: 0.5-3 Mbps
  • Social media: 0.5-2 Mbps
  • Web browsing: 1 Mbps
  • Emails: 0.2 Mbps

Again, a 1000 Mbps speed is much more than what is required to carry out the day-to-day tasks on the internet. 

This is why a 1000 Mbps internet speed is ideal for households with multiple devices that require internet access simultaneously. It allows for around 8-10 people to use the internet together without any interruptions. 

Do You Really Need a 1000 Mbps Internet?

From my experience, I’d say a 100 Mbps speed is good enough for your regular household needs. 

My internet service provider offered me a trial of 1000 Mbps internet. And honestly, I didn’t notice much difference other than the downloads happening quicker than before. 

One of the main reasons for this is it is still not practically possible to achieve a full 1000 Mbps speed on all the websites across the internet. The websites and services have their own limitations on bandwidth and server capabilities. Even if you have 1000 Mbps internet, the websites may not be able to deliver the data to your device at such high speeds. 

Not only this but there is also hardware and device compatibility to consider. The devices you use currently may not be able to support such high speeds, thus resulting in a similar internet experience as before. 

So, while 1000 Mbps internet is the future, at this stage, it may not be worth the extra dollars – especially if you are just a couple of members in the house.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a 1000 Mbps internet cost?

In the United States, the cost of a 1000 Mbps internet connection can range from approximately $70 to $150 per month. However, this can vary widely depending on the service provider, promotional offers, and location.

How can I check my internet speed?

You can check your internet speed by running a speed test through Google’s internet speed test or other websites. These tests measure your download and upload speeds, as well as your ping or latency.

Are there any disadvantages of 1000 Mbps internet speed?

One potential disadvantage of 1000 Mbps internet speed is that it may require hardware upgrades to achieve optimal performance. 

About the author

Maria Chan, or MC, as we call her, is the genius girl-boss who gave up on her cushy silicon-valley job to grind it out with us. Her undying pursuit of wanting Zeebox to the best makes it very clear that she has no interest in running a generic tech-site.

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