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Question Will getting a 4k TV force my Roku Box to steam 4k and increase my monthly data usage?

HeXen

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We have Xfinity, household of 3 people and yet each month we usually get a warning from them that we are either approaching the monthly TB limit or have already surpassed it for which they charge extra on. We use streaming apps for TV and use 3 1080p TV's. My stepson has a new Xbox so not sure how much he uses but for this reason I stopped purchasing digital PC games and TV wise I usually only watch YT, my wife uses the antenna channels a lot and really nothing about our usage habits or times has changed in the past couple of years since we cut the cord but yet we still somehow approach or surpass 1 TB even though we never had this issue until recent months and aren't even home during the day so I have to assume that it's the increase in game download sizes as well as higher resolution streamable content. I don't know if Roku still streams in 4k despite using a 1080p TV or not.

Anyway, I bought a new 32" TV which is 4k and use the Roku Ultra box which has 4k (not that I want it but needed a TV now and that's all they had in 32" size). So I wanted to know if a 4k TV will cause Roku to download more data? Or does 4k content always stream in 4k regardless of TV? If so, is there any way to force Roku to stream at 720p or 1080p??
 

sdifox

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This is all I can find. Are you tracking usage from your router? Streaming service tend to be adaptive so they'll increase if allowed.

 
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HeXen

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This is all I can find. Are you tracking usage from your router? Streaming service tend to be adaptive so they'll increase if allowed.

thanks for the link but will streaming at a lower Mbps actually reduce the overall data? I thought that was just for speed and we don't have any issues with multiple streaming devices. I think we have 100 Meg connection
 

sdifox

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thanks for the link but will streaming at a lower Mbps actually reduce the overall data? I thought that was just for speed and we don't have any issues with multiple streaming devices. I think we have 100 Meg connection
Lower mbps will lower usage. Whether it works or not is a different story. Also, ISPs count upload as well.
 

mnewsham

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Some individual streaming services allow you to specify your preferred resolution. I know netflix allows you to set preferred streaming quality in the account settings for example.

If you're regularly getting dinged with Comcast overages, you might just want to look into paying the fee for unlimited data. It's I believe a $30 charge. Compared to the overage fees which are $10 per 50GB up to $100/month (on top of your regular bill).
 

HeXen

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Some individual streaming services allow you to specify your preferred resolution. I know netflix allows you to set preferred streaming quality in the account settings for example.

If you're regularly getting dinged with Comcast overages, you might just want to look into paying the fee for unlimited data. It's I believe a $30 charge. Compared to the overage fees which are $10 per 50GB up to $100/month (on top of your regular bill).
I've already been through that with them and they don't offer anything like that in my area. there's business class which is the only other upgrade package and it's quite a bit more which is still a lot more than paying the fee plus requires a 2 year agreement.
 

mnewsham

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I've already been through that with them and they don't offer anything like that in my area. there's business class which is the only other upgrade package and it's quite a bit more which is still a lot more than paying the fee plus requires a 2 year agreement.
AFAIK the unlimited data add-on is available everywhere, the only stipulations are that you're not on a plan that's subsidized for low-income families.
The Unlimited Data Option is available for non-Internet Essentials and non-Internet Essentials Partnership Program customers and costs an additional $30 per month. This fee is independent from your actual data usage. The Terabyte Internet Data Usage Plan will not apply to customers who enroll in the Unlimited Data Option
 

fkoehler

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Absolutely, if you are watching 4K content. See if you can set some device/app setting to 1080p or even 720p.
 

MtnMan

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You have to change your subscription to get 4K content from Netflix. $2/month more.
 

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