Canadian ISPs are notorious for subjecting their users to atrociously low data caps. Needless to say, some of the more restrictive data plans are unfavorable to bandwidth-intensive activities like watching streaming movies. Mindful of this fact, Netflix has now launched a new video quality management option for its Canadian users, letting them select the video quality that best suits their data budget.
Using the lowest video quality available through this new option, it is now possible to watch 30 hours of streaming content while only spending 9GB of your monthly data cap at around 0.3GB/hour.
“In the past, viewing 30 hours of Netflix could consume as much as 70 GBytes, if it was all in HD, and typically about 30 GBytes,” Netflix announced Monday. “While there is some lessening of picture quality with these new settings, the experience continues to be great.”
If any member wants to change back to higher data usage and video quality, they can do so on the Manage Video Quality page, found under Your Account.”
In between the 0.3GB/hour “Good” setting and the 1.0GB/s “Best” setting, there is also the 0.7GB/hour “Better” video setting.