As everyone mentioned it really depends on the quality it was uploaded in, bitrate, etc. It may also depend on if you are using flash or Youtube's HTML5 viewer too, but not sure. For comparisons sake, we've connected an iPad to a HughesNet gen4 system in the lab over wifi and played Netflix HD videos non-stop during work hours until we exceeded our allowance, which took a few days on the 10GB plan.
Wow, Netflix HD video that many hours and it took a few days to eat 10 GB?! Must be some serious compression going on between the iPad, HughesNet and Neflix because no way could I do that on my Smart TV or Android Tablets.
Yep, we manually set it to HD. Crazy thing is that Liz and I also did a Skype video chat for about 2 hours in HD too and when we ran out of allowance and hit FAP we were still able to stream and Skype video chat with no issues. I was pretty surprised too.
Very strange, my experience with trying HD from Netflix doesn't come close to getting that much mileage. I haven't tried HD on Netflix for quite some time, maybe they have already improved their compression like they've been talking about.
Now I'll have to do some tests myself to see what happens.
PS: Maybe that node87 link is out of date on amounts used.
"we've connected an iPad to a HughesNet gen4 system in the lab over wifi and played Netflix HD videos non-stop during work hours until we exceeded our allowance, which took a few days on the 10GB plan. "
Can you get the same mileage using a laptop or PC?
Thanks for all your replies. My download settings on iSkySoft are at 360p which is quite satisfactorily for me. Normally a 90 min film would use about 500 MB. Lately it’s much higher with no apparent reason since I have done this before and have not experienced this erratic fluctuation.