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Is Satellite Internet Good For Netflix?

First, you need to know that subscription services like Netflix do not come as a single package. If you opt for an entry-level Netflix membership, you can only watch SD-quality streams. As such, a standard package from Konnect is perfectly suitable if you want to stream films or TV programmes with an entry-level Netflix subscription. However, if you want to watch HD videos on Netflix and other on-demand platforms, such as Amazon Prime, you will probably need to sign up for our Plus Internet packages. These broadband packages deliver faster average speeds and superior maximum speeds, making them ideal for streaming HD and FHD content.

Of course, you can always improve your satellite Internet speed by:

  • Upgrading your service plan to a bigger and better package.
  • Plugging your set-top box or smart TV directly into your router instead of relying on slow Wi-Fi signals.

Both methods will help lower latency, which means less buffering and lagging when streaming. Downloading programmes to watch later is also faster than streaming. Upgrading to a faster package will improve the video-streaming quality, too. Plus, this is just as true for gaming on a satellite Internet connection as it is for watching HD-quality streaming videos.

Enjoy Seamless Streaming on Satellite Internet

You can watch streaming with satellite Internet at any time of day or night. Stream from your smartphone or tablet while working out, or melt into your sofa and watch your favourite GAA team play in real-time on your laptop or big-screen TV. Unlike most 4G or 5G mobile services, there's no monthly data limit with Konnect. Even after using all your priority data, you can still live stream on Facebook or enjoy an on-demand video on Prime. However, there are a few limiting factors that you should be aware of with satellite Internet. Don't worry, though. These will very rarely interrupt your viewing pleasure.

First, there are data caps for the fastest Internet download speeds with each of the packages offered from Konnect. For instance, the Lite plan delivers an average speed of 37 Mbps. It is more than sufficient for streaming most HD-quality content but can also be used for streaming SD-quality media. We also recommend streaming on only one device per connection to attain the best possible video quality for your package. If you're already on a higher package, you can also reduce your streaming quality from HD or FHD to SD when you want to stream from multiple devices simultaneously.

Most hour-long programmes in HD will use up about 6 GB of data, which should give you a rough idea about how much data streaming consumes. With Lite, for example, you receive 75 GB of data allowance a month before the service slows down. That leaves you with enough data to stream for quite some time before the speed slows down. Also, you can always download videos to watch at a later time. Doing this solves any lagging or buffering issues that come with streaming. If you're a frequent streamer, consider the Plus package. Not only do you get twice the amount of highest-speed data allowance, but you can also enjoy faster download speeds of up to 75 Mbps average.

It is important to note that when you use data at night when usage is low, it doesn't count towards your allocated priority data. That means if you strictly download — or stream — media between 01:00 and 06:00, you won't use any of your data allowance at all! These hours are also the best times to download software updates since the data won't come off your monthly allowance, leaving you with more high-speed data for subsequent daytime streaming during waking hours.

Troubleshooting Streaming Problems on Satellite Internet

Streaming live sports events or on-demand videos with satellite Internet is typically trouble-free.

However, should you experience any problems, here are some straightforward things you can do to troubleshoot and improve your Internet connection speed:

  • To help maximise your connection speed, check to ensure that nothing is blocking the satellite dish, such as foliage or a fallen branch.
  • Ensure you have a good Wi-Fi connection or use an Ethernet cable to directly connect your device to the router.
  • Identify the other devices that are using up bandwidth. Anything from operating system updates to someone else streaming on another device can affect the quality of video streams.
  • Plan around the weather since poor weather, especially windy thunderstorms, can affect the speed of your satellite Internet connection.