Originally Posted by The Hornet
Thanks for the info.
I cut my Cable (DirecTV actually) recently, and am now viewing TV through a Roku, and am a bit concerned about Bandwidth usage with a 4K TV. I'm already pushing the 1TB (AT&T) monthly usage on my 1080p set, I can only imaging watching 4K content, would push me past my allotted 1TB. Have any of you in a similar situation noticed your Bandwidth Usage go up with your 4K TV's?
Yes, my data rates went though the roof once I started watching 4K content, especially 4K Dolby Vision (iTunes movies, newer Netflix shows). Combined with one or two big downloads to the PS4 each month (newer games tend to be 40GB+ each), I'm bumping right up against the 1TB Comcast cap and I've had to take some drastic measures. The first is to of course limit how much 4K/HDR content you watch. But this of course sucks since you spent $ on the tv to get the best quality. I looked at all the peripheral devices on my network (iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, PS4, Amazon cylinders, various computers) and turn off all auto-updating of OSs and apps (most PS4 games will download the entire game
even for a small patch, which is ridiculous in 2018). Set Apple TV to only download aerial screensavers (these are 4K DV) to once per month instead of Daily. Unfortunately had to set Netflix to Medium quality, but I'll turn it to highest quality for some particular 4K HDR shows. Limit watching iTunes movies to 1-2 per week (these can be over 25 GB per movie). Set Twitch to lower quality (720p for desktop, 480p for phone).
If you get your regular tv though a streaming service (Hulu, Playstation Vue, HBO Now, etc.) you'll have an even tougher time staying under the cap. One "good" thing about the Vue service is that none of the content is 4K, so the quality isn't great but it also doesn't use a ton of data.
So even with all that I'm not far under the cap each month. Comcast will happily take $50 extra per month to remove the cap but that's insane. I'm hoping by being really careful with the content I can delay that charge until the bump the cap up higher, but I'm not counting on it. If the cap was 1.5 TB or the cap removal fee was more like $25, I'd be OK with it, but it's pretty steep right now.