Australian streaming service Presto is one of the major players in the local video on demand landscape. Whether you're hoping to catch up on Mr. Robot or finally make your way through the HBO back catalogue, it's important to understand just how much data Presto needs.
Presto has two quality settings: standard definition (SD), and high definition (HD). SD streaming will use as much as 1.3GB per hour, while HD will burn through as much as 3GB per hour. If you're streaming even just an hour every night, it's easy to go through a lot of your data allowance. We've put together an estimate of how much you'd use if you were watching about 30 hours of TV or movies in month.
If you're watching 30 hours of HD video in a month, you're looking at 90GB of data usage. Depending on what your current internet plan looks like, that could be a decent chunk of your monthly allowance.
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If you're a Telstra broadband home customer, your plan may include unmetered access to Presto. This means you can stream as much Presto as you want without affecting the rest of your download allowance.
If you're looking to stream a lot of video through services like Stan, Netflix or Presto and are concerned about going over your download limit, it may be worth considering upgrading to a new broadband. Fortunately, broadband download allowances are on the rise, and many providers are now offering unlimited plans. Here are a few highlights.