Most Internet users stream videos on Youtube, Netflix or Hulu through the smarts tvs, tablets, and other mobile devices. Streaming videos consumes three times as much bandwidth as streaming music, and 100 times for than regular web surfing. There are several ways of how to save data by reducing the quality of a video.
You will learn some tricks and techniques that will help your videos run smoothly and help you save data from your HughesNet monthly package.
1. Switch from HD to SD
High Definition videos consumes around three times more data than Standard Definition. To switch to SD, you have to check the settings of your video service. If you watch Netflix, you can learn how to manage your data here. Netflix allows you to change the quality of the video in three different levels as well as Hulu.
Watch this video to learn how to save data by lowering the quality of your YOUTUBE video.
2. Make sure unwanted applications are not running in the background.
Some devices like DVR’s, gaming consoles, smartphones, and computers allow certain applications or updates to run in the background. If you are experiencing a low quality image or video, it might be because an automatic update is running without being noticed. Avoid using download managers like BitTorrent and always check your smartphones updates and set them up during the night time. Take advantage of HughesNet Bonus Zone that gives you an extra 50GB between 2am and 8am.
3. Meter Up
HughesNet has also developed an app, The Usage Meter is a great tool that allows you to track your data usage in real time. You can even see how your actual data usage compares to your expected usage for the current monthly data cycle, so you know when you’re running over the average. And you can purchase Data Tokens if you need them, without leaving the Usage Meter.
To download The Usage Meter
1. Login to your HughesNet account at http://my.hughesnet.com/myaccount
2. Click on My Account
3. Click on Usage
4. Keep Track
Take notes of how many movies you watch per month, check your data usage in your smartphones that are connected to the Wi-Fi, and how much data you have used in comparison with the previous months. You can view a data usage history by accessing to your HughesNet account online.
5. Get Wired
If you use your Internet for work, consider connecting your computer or laptop using an Ethernet cable. A wired connection delivers a higher performance without interruptions.
6. Turn The Data Saver on
Your service is automatically set to stream videos at DVD Quality (480p). At any time, you can opt-in/opt-out of video feature temporarily or permanently to watch in HD quality. Or you can simply snooze the Video Data Saver for 4 hours. It’s easy to switch to HD – simply use the Mobile App, visit HughesNet Support Center, or use the Usage Meter.