Netflix Video Quality Setting : Help Avoid ISP Caps

We spend most our time talking about privacy and security related issues.  The use of personal VPN services to securely access Netflix from anywhere.  Today we’re covering a different topic as we know that some of our readers in the US have been affected by ISP caps.  With ISP’s like Comcast and AT&T enforcing usage limits and penalties.  To help those affected Netflix recently added a “Manage Video Quality” feature.

The Netflix video quality settings give you the choice between good, better and best quality.  With the hourly usage given next to each.  Ranging from 0.3 GB up to 2.3 GB an hour.  Here are the video quality options:

  • (up to 0.3 GB per hour)
  • (up to 0.7 GB per hour)
  • (up to 1 GB per hour, or up to 2.3 GB per hour for HD)

Change your Video Quality Setting at anytime by visiting https://account.netflix.com/HdToggle

Not sure whether or not your ISP has data caps?  If not check with your Internet service provider or watch your bill closely.  So far we’ve heard that Comcast sends out warnings and will eventually cut users off for too much usage.  They considers anything over 250 GB a month as excessive use.  In May, 2011 AT&T rolled out broadband data caps.  With DSL members capped at 150 GB a month and Uverse members capped at 250 GB a month.  Additional use is charged at $10 per 50 gigs.

We’re very hopeful that advocacy groups can help secure changes in policy to stop ISP’s from capping their users.  As the result is detrimental to both customers and online services like Netflix and other cloud services.

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