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How much GB usage does streaming stuff use?

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by Pete the Greek, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. Pete the Greek

    Pete the Greek Banned Banned

    Look, I know the question sounds like it's from a fucking computer spanner with zero knowledge about PC issues....but that's because it is.

    But I need advice.

    If someone were to have an internet deal where they have a max of 2GB per download (anything more costs extra)....how fast will streaming stuff use up that allocation?

    Does my question make any sense at all?
  2. Bob_the_lost

    Bob_the_lost Elsewhere

    Some sense, it's a service with a useage cap of 2GB download (per month?). If you wanted to do any file sharing that's bugger all, depends what you're watching and how often. For normal web surfing, and assuming you don't download many files (even legit ones) it'd be enough.

    I know it wouldn't work for me, but i don't know what you want to do with it.
  3. Pete the Greek

    Pete the Greek Banned Banned

    What if it were streaming poker software...you know the rooms you stream in to play in?

    Any ideas if that would eat it up?
  4. Cadmus

    Cadmus SINsational

    Why not install some bandwith monitoring software and see for yourself? It's hard to give an answer without specific data.


    Stream your stuff and watch the usage grow! :eek:
  5. friedaweed

    friedaweed Branded as a fool

    na you could do that fine on 2 gig a month i think.;)
    2 gig would just about sort my weekly porn downloads though:oops: :D
  6. Pete the Greek

    Pete the Greek Banned Banned

    You legend

    you've made me feel a ton load better, thank you!

    (I live in someone else's house and don't pay the bills, do you get my drift? I don't, sorry, I'll start again....I CANNOT fuck with this person. If I fuck with that allocation and cost him so much as one pence, I die)

    Simple as that. And I'm a mug for not asking this question, before playing on poker for hours on end using streaming shit.)

    :eek: :eek: :oops: :(
  7. keybored


    Streaming video? I'll try and do the maths.
    Lets say you have a 2meg (2megabits per second) connection and a 2gig (2 gigabytes) usage cap. Let's say for argument's sake the stream is running up to speed (2mbps) and the quality of the picture is high enough that the speed it plays at runs linear with the download speed (ie. it does not keep pausing to wait for the data to download, nor does the data download faster than the film plays).
    There are 8 bits (b) to a Byte (B), so roughly speaking a 2mbps connection will fill a 2GB usage cap in only 8000 seconds, or about 2 hours and 13 minutes.
    So if I got that right watching a longish film, over a high quality stream, will eat your monthly limit. I wouldn't consider a capped connection.

    ETA Oh bugger it's only online poker:oops:
  8. Pete the Greek

    Pete the Greek Banned Banned

    ah, but it aint a video. I'm pretty sure it's a simple software thing that wouldn't be as demanding as a video.
  9. keybored


    Yeah sorry, it took me from the time of your OP to work that out and I'm stone cold sober. I blame all those drugs in the 90's :(
  10. friedaweed

    friedaweed Branded as a fool

    Did you win anything then Pete:D

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