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# 145337 15-May-2014 12:06
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How are you guys consuming that much data? 

ISPs sounds like now are coming out with more unlimited plans.  Financially with Snap which I am with, the old plans are still maintained.  So to me $90 for 200GB is still better than paying $99 for unlimited (30Mbps UFB).  Never had a need to adjust my consumption. 

We use the web, the odd youtube video and the odd Xbox game download,  Australian Channel 7 streaming.  We have a TVPAD IPTV going maybe 6hrs everyday. 


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  # 1045470 15-May-2014 12:11
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We use Netflix a lot in our house. In fact, it makes up the majority of our evenings TV viewing at the moment. Currently we're unmetered, but that won't last forever. As such I don't know exactly what the impact is on our data usage as I don't have any other tools to measure it right now, but I estimate it to be around 90GB per month.

My kids also use YouTube a lot, with my oldest daughter using it to stream music, as a lot of the traditional streaming services don't always cater to her musical tastes, whereas she has a lot better luck with YouTube.

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  # 1045478 15-May-2014 12:18
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Steam, Origin, streaming media, backups, sometimes working at home, synced content, video conferencing, all sorts of things. I only once went over the 500GB cap we had previously, usually well under, but for me the unlimited is more about not having to care (plus it's $20/month cheaper...).


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  # 1045489 15-May-2014 12:23
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I don't bother looking anymore - no point when you're on unlimited - but last time I did the breakdown was something like this

Netflix - ~120GB/month
Youtube - ~ 20-30GB/month
Backup/online storage - ~peaks and troughs, but has been as high as 300GB in one month, when I first moved to VDSL and made good use of the 10Mbps upload.
Game downloads and patches (PSN/Steam)    20-100GB/month, sometimes more.
Linux iSOs via P2P - between 100-400GB/month  (up and down - gotta seed)

So for me it's anything between 250-600GB/month.  I am the main user in the house, although my kids do watch Netflix/Youtube a fair bit.  But I can see how people in house sharing situations with 3-5 individual serious users can easily get through a lot more than that.

Even if you don't change your habits, you will probably find your usage creeping up as more and more video sites will default to higher bitrate streams - e.g. Netflix has super HD now at 7Mbps, but last year their highest was about 4Mbps.  Youtube also has a lot more content in 1080 too.

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  # 1045496 15-May-2014 12:32
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Netflix - few hours a day at 3Mbps = lots
Youtube - not a huge amount
General Browsing - not a lot
Twitch Streaming - few hours a day = lots
Linux ISOs - lots

I pay for 500GB and use 200-300.

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  # 1045507 15-May-2014 12:45
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3 Computers, 2 tablets, 3 all adds up.

Kids watch a heap of YouTube and son seems to always be on Steam or some game, Skyping at the same time.  Daughter has a habit of starting just enough of a streaming video to download in the background, then changes her mind and chooses something else.  This results in hours of data downloaded but very little actually watched!

The rest is Skype, constant apple downloads for updates, streaming on-demand TV and movies. 

Usually come in around 150Gb per month.  The joy of unlimited is that you don't have to worry about it.

Edit:  Forgot the new smart TV - that has increased the streaming content for sure. 

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  # 1045509 15-May-2014 12:51
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netflix on two tvs at once very often (maybe 2 hours a night) on one tv another 2 hours.

steam games (ive only just started getting steam games, so lots of old ones to get), titanfall was 40-50GB.

streaming from vudu at HDX

backups to the internet.

most of my data is steam now days.  before steam i would use around 150GB.  after steam ive been over 500GB the last two months.

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  # 1045513 15-May-2014 12:53
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Linux ISOs I like like my TV in HD, my movies as Blu-ray ISO and my music in flac and hi res.

+Netflix, Hulu and youtube

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  # 1045533 15-May-2014 13:16
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with Snap and i use about 180 GB a month but i am on the $2 a month unlimited youtube and i go through 80GB a month on that . So i dont need Unlimited yet as i have 100 GB free a month.

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  # 1045543 15-May-2014 13:26
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For me it's:


  1. Netflix
  2. Sports streaming (mainly NFL and MLB, both in HD)
I'm on unlimited ADSL and for me it's great not having to worry about the data consumption. For example the 2014 NFL draft ran over three consecutive days from last Friday. Not exactly riviting viewing for the most part, but it was good to have on the background for hours at at a time without needing to worry about the data.

Data usage is in the 250-300GB range.

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  # 1045577 15-May-2014 14:44
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I watch a lot of Linux ISO's more so than normal TV and nolonger bother watching what I download each month  

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  # 1045786 15-May-2014 20:29
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Yeah, the Linux ISO's make riveting viewing!!

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  # 1045811 15-May-2014 20:46
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i dont bother with a TV, one of my screens is almost dedicated to "TV" instead, from a functional and power saving position, this is far better for me, as my machine is always sitting here anyway. and if i was off in the lounge watching tv, ild probably have a laptop near aswell anyway..

im one of thoses absurd people, who have their WHOLE steam library downloaded, so i tend to get hit with every game patch that comes out.

in game updates, i average about 2GB a day, depending on if its a heavy patch day and such..

never really gotten into the whole streaming thing, appart from youtube and twitch - which i do watch quite alot of too.. so often im downloading 720P to watch, and 480P to archive..

ild say i average about 10GB a day, with a fair few days throughout the month spiking up over 100GB in a day when im after something big..

for me, consistency is the most important thing to me. i expect my line to max out on prettymuch everything i do.. and snaps network does a great job at achieving this.

i dont do any torrenting on my line however.

now if you wanna look at what i do outside of my home connection.. it starts at about a TB a day atlest..

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  # 1045973 16-May-2014 05:24
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linw: Yeah, the Linux ISO's make riveting viewing!!

It surely is at 20+ versions to watch tongue-out

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# 1046000 16-May-2014 06:57
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linw: Yeah, the Linux ISO's make riveting viewing!!

It surely is at 20+ versions to watch tongue-out


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