When it comes to streaming, most people think of watching video. Using resources like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime TV are very popular ways to watch the hottest shows and enjoy some great movies. In addition to video, streaming is also used for gaming, audio, and social content.
Essentially, streaming means there is a constant, steady flow of data transmitting over a network. This flow is what allows video, audio, and content to be received. With that being said, it is important to have enough Internet to support all the streaming and surfing you want to do. Internet speed is based off of bandwidth. Previously, we described how bandwidth is like an expressway. The more bandwidth you have, the more lanes on the expressway there are and the faster everyone can go!
Bandwidth is measured in megabits per second (Mbps), with 8 megabits equaling one megabyte. A byte is usually used to identify the size of a file. That means it will take about 8 seconds for a 1 MB file to download.
When trying to choose the right Internet speed for your household, consider what you use your Internet for most. Are you a gamer? If so, you will need enough Internet to download games and updates, as well as carry any live conversations you may be having with other gamers. Maybe you’re a self-proclaimed movie critic and need to be able to stream Netflix while one kid streams Disney and another YouTube, you‘ll need enough bandwidth to ensure everyone can enjoy their programs without buffering (and look up what other movie you saw that actor in). We also all know how important it is to be able to play the perfect music playlist at any given time.
In addition to considering what you will be using your Internet for, you need to consider how many devices will be sharing the same Internet. Most people nowadays have multiple personal devices like phones, laptops and tablets, in addition to any shared devices within a household like smart TVs, game systems, and desktop computers. Plus, many homes also use Connected Home devices generally a one to one ratio.
The Internet is used for countless reasons. Work, surfing, social media, smart home; all, of which use bandwidth. Here's the kind of performance you can expect with Cincinnati Bell's most popular speed tiers.
Based on your household, find the Internet that is best for your household to surf and stream to your hearts content. If you ever have any questions, your friends at Cincinnati Bell are always ready to help!