For people who are planning on using their rural cellular router for video streaming, data usage matters. Most sim card data accounts have specific data caps before they either slow down your speeds, or they just outright charge extra for overages.

We looked at Netflix own website for answers on their support site.

Netflix offers 4 data usage settings.

Data used per hour, per device:

  • Low: Basic video quality, up to 0.3 GB
  • Medium: Standard video quality, up to 0.7 GB
  • High: Best video quality:
  • Standard definition: up to1 GB
  • High definition: up to 3 GB
  • Ultra-high definition (4K): up to 7 GBAuto:
  • Adjusts automatically to deliver the highest possible quality, based on your current internet connection speed. Adjust your data usage settings

You can have different data usage settings for each profile on your account.

  • To change your settings:
  • From a web browser, go to your Account page.
  • From Profile & Parental Controls, select a profile.
  • Go to Playback settings and select Change.
  • Select your desired data usage setting.

NOTE: Restricting data usage may affect video quality.

  • Select Save. Your changes will take effect within 8 hours.

So as an example, if you had a plan with a maximum of 500 gb of data per month, you could in theory watch over 21 days straight of Neflix at high resolution. Now this would also mean you weren’t using your data for anything else, and you didn’t have multiple people looking at movies simultaneously.