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Smart TV Usage Query?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in TV MoneySaving
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Renoir77Renoir77 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in TV MoneySaving
Smart TV newbie owner here and as we are on a limited Broadband Package we are assuming that BB usage is only when we go to and use the Smart/HUB/Internet option and not when we are just watching the TV is this correct?
Perhaps a stupid question but there doesn't seem to be any info in the set up book:laugh:.


  • HeinzHeinz Forumite
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    Yes - but beware that you can easily mistake internet TV for ordinary TV.

    For example, the BBC i-player is generally of ordinary TV quality but is always internet TV (and thus comsuming your broadband allowance).
    Time has moved on (much quicker than it used to - or so it seems at my age) and my previous advice on residential telephony has been or is now gradually being overtaken by changes in the retail market. Hence, I have now deleted links to my previous 'pearls of wisdom'. I sincerely hope they helped save some of you money.
  • Taken from this thread, posted by a BBCite (and probably overstating these days, as compression improves):

    Typical file sizes for a 1hr programme are:

    Streaming (PC, PS3)
    Low bandwidth streaming (480Kbps) = 190-210MB
    Standard quality streaming (800Kbps) = 320-340MB
    High quality streaming (1500Kbps) = 600-640MB
    High definition streaming (2800Kbps) = 1.10-1.20GB

    Mobile streaming (396Kbps) = 160-170MB
    Mobile 3g streaming = 120-130MB

    iPlayer desktop (1500Kbps) = 600-640MB
    Windows Media Player (WMV) = 550-600MB
    Portable devices (WMV) = 210-230MB

    Set-Top-Boxes, FreeSat, TVs etc
    Standard quality streaming (800Kbps) = 320-340MB
    High quality streaming (1500Kbps) = 600-640MB
    High definition streaming (2800Kbps) = 1.1-1.2GB
  • :TMany thanks to you Heinz and Badunkadunk for those answers and details of usage very much appreciated.
  • poppasmurf_bewdleypoppasmurf_bewdley Forumite
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    I have a smart TV and it's always connected to the internet.

    However, if you are worried, then just unplug the TV from your router.

    When I first had my Sky+HD box connected to the new Anytime system, I had a few mysterious gigabytes appear on my broadband usage meter, but it hasn't happened recently.
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  • Renoir77Renoir77 Forumite
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    Thanks for that poppasmurf I think as we've just started a new months usage we'll keep an extra eye on it. Our smart tv is a Samsung I think I may just speak to their helpline about this too to make sure.
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