OTA - huge spike in ISP data usage

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by timfield, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. timfield

    timfield New Member

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    Set up Roamio OTA and two Minis at start of this month. Checked my ISP (Comcast) Data Usage and find I have consumed 300gb in 20 days - compared to average of 3gb per month before Roamio.

    We are connected to Netflix, Amazon and Youtube but not watching more than total of 3 hrs per day for all 3 TVs.

    Is this jump in data usage the norm for Roamio? Any settings or other ways to reduce this so I don't have problems with ISP/Comcast?
     
  2. jth tv

    jth tv Well-Known Member

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    I think I use 1.2 GBytes per Hour watching Netflix with 3 Mbits per second internet. It adds up quick.
     
  3. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Does Comcast break down your usage by up/down and time of day? That might help identify what's cause the usage.

    I'm single, don't stream anything but Pandora and my normal use is 30GB/month. My cap is 600GB. Note that speed is usually in Mbps, use is in GB. "B" = bytes, "b" = bits.
     
  4. timfield

    timfield New Member

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    Okay - thanks for both comments... helpful! Comcast only shows running total from start of the month (and is in GBytes).

    I did see someone comment on turning off "Auto-Play" (where a series episode ends and next one auto starts) in both Netflix and Amazon Prime - so I have done that... will be interesting to see if it makes any difference.

    I'm thinking of doing daily tracking for a bit, then testing turning off Netflix, Amazon, Youtube one at a time to see if I can narrow down a particular culprit.
     
  5. Diana Collins

    Diana Collins Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    If you are streaming in 1080p you can easily average 4GB/per hour, even on Netflix (whose compression is very efficient). 3 hours a day for 20 days at 4GB/hour is 240GB...pretty close to your 300GB. So, it seems reasonable.
     
  6. timfield

    timfield New Member

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    A little math is just the ticket!! That helps me just to know that what I am seeing is certainly in the ballpark of reality. Thanks!
     
  7. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    I am glad I don't have any bandwidth caps. I easily exceed 500GB per month based on this math.
     
  8. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Yeah streaming adds up. Even 3-4 hours a day could easily put you at 15GB a day.
     

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