How Much Data Do You Need To Watch Showmax

How Much Data Do You Need To Watch Showmax?

How long is a piece of string, neither of these questions have a definitive answer it depends on a number of variables, but we have tried to give you a few guidelines and measuring sticks so that you can have an idea of how much data you need and what you can watch.

The below table gives a pretty good estimate of how much data is used to watch Showmax.


DataViewing Hours
1 GB3 Hours
2 GB9 Hours
5 GB16 Hours
*This data has been taken directly from the Showmax website.
How Much Data Do You Need To Watch Showmax HD vs SD

With Showmax you get the option to watch in SD or HD resolution. Streaming in SD will use less data than in HD, so if you are concerned about data usage or have a slow line speed, choose SD. SD is 576i (+-633MB per hour) while HD content is 1080i (+-2.2GB per hour).

Another source has slightly different stats and was measured using Netflix. measured their data consumption as: “watching movies or TV shows on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video.”

Again these are just estimates and it depends on the quality of the video you are streaming and if you watch it in SD or HD.

We advise you to watch movies and TV on the internet using uncapped Wifi as much sa possible, but we know this is not always the case. Another way to save on your data costs is to download your movies and shows between midnight and 6 am on your midnight data and then watch them later when you want to. remember this is possible on Showmax.

Happy viewing.

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