Netflix subscribers can now control how much data is being consumed by the company's videos while streaming on smart phones. The global subscription service provider for streaming movies and TV series has recently launched 'Cellular Data Usage', a new feature which will help viewers have better control over how much data they use when streaming on cellular networks.
To set viewers' cellular data usage, subscribers have to update the Netflix app on iOS or Android to the most recent version, select 'App Settings' from the menu, and pick 'Cellular Data Usage.' They can switch off the automatic default and select a higher or lower data usage setting that works with their mobile data plan, including an unlimited option.
Netflix is working on ways to improve picture quality while streaming more efficiently, so bitrates could change over time. As with all streaming, actual data usage can vary based on viewers' device capabilities and network conditions. The mobile carrier may impact the actual data usage even if they elect a higher setting on the Netflix app. This setting only affects data usage while viewing on a mobile device on cellular networks; streaming on Wi-Fi is not affected, nor is streaming when tethered.