You might be paying more than you need to for your broadband package. Use our broadband calculator to work out your approximate broadband usage.
How many hours of web surfing per week?
How many emails do you send & receive in an average week?
Number of low quality photos sent/received per week
Number of high quality photos sent/received per week
Number of mp3 music tracks you download per week
How many hours per week will you game online?
How many hours of online TV would you watch per week?
How many hours would you listen to online radio per week?
How many films would you download per month?
How many hours will you make calls via the internet per week?
Estimated monthly bandwidth usage: Gb
How do we calculate BBC iPlayer bandwidth?
There are two main ways to view programs with BBC iPlayer. Streaming is suitable for those who want to watch the program immediately and are happy to stay on-line to do so. In order to store a program to watch off-line it is necessary to download it. An increasing number of iPlayer's titles are now available in HD as well as standard definition. The bandwidth (broadband usage) requirement varies significantly depending on how you view and at what quality.
Our bandwidth checker calculates your usage based on the assumption that you are streaming standard definition programs. We have found that downloading programs uses up approximately twice as much bandwidth as streaming. It is recommended that you have an internet connection of at least 1Mbps to watch a streamed program uninterrupted.
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