Netflix has just updated their iPad application to include options for lowering and raising video quality on streaming in order to cut down on bandwidth usage.
This has been a problem for many customers who are currently on capped data plans, so Netflix is hoping to save you some cash on your data plan (so you can spend it on movies). This is actually an option that Canadian Netflix iPad users have already been enjoying, but for some reason the United States is just now getting it.
The reports show that Netflix now has three different levels of streaming, “Good quality, Better quality, and Best quality. A good quality movie stream will use around .3GB per hour while the Better quality can use up to .7GB. However, the Best quality stream can burn up to 1GB of data per hour, so be prepared to get out your credit cards if you don’t have an unlimited data plan.
Of course streaming a movie in a lower quality bandwidth mode means the picture isn’t going to be quite as clear as if you were streaming it in a high quality mode. But having the option to choose is definitely good because it allows users for a smart bandwidth controlled movie watching experience.