To stream, you must have an Internet connection and will need to buy data, too.
Home connectivity options
Fibre is the fastest and most reliable. You don’t need a Telkom line, but it’s expensive to install the fixed fibre cable, and you’ll need to buy a fibre router. 4G (or LTE) is not as fast as fibre, but it’s portable as it’s provided via a USB dongle/router that only needs power, so there’s no expensive set-up. ADSL is the slowest and you’ll need to pay for an ADSL router and to have a Telkom phone line put in.
This affects your streaming experience; it’s measured in megabits per second (Mbps). To stream movies without any ‘stuttering’, you need a fairly fast connection (at least 10Mbps).
It’s tricky to work out how much data you’ll need, as it’s not an exact science. It’s measured in megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB); 1GB equals around 1 000MB. The faster your line and the higher the content quality, the more data you use. Roughly, you use from 900MB to 1GB of data per hour for
Full HD (high quality) content. So, that’s about 1,5GB data for a Full HD 90-minute movie; or 400MB to 600MB for a 30-minute series. Consider uncapped connections that place no limits on how many GB you can download.
For data, LTE is pricier than ADSL or fibre for streaming, as you pay more per GB from a cellular provider than from an ADSL or uncapped fibre provider. Costs vary quite a lot, and there are many service providers’ offerings to browse, but here’s a snapshot of expected costs… Cellular data starts from R4,23/GB or R845pm on Cell C’s 200GB prepaid account. ADSL data is a cost on top of the line, but it’s cheap – for example, Vox will charge from R779pm for 1 000GB of ADSL data. After the installation fee, uncapped fibre offers the best long-term value – for example, Accelerit charges from R693pm for its uncapped 25Mbps fibre account.