Netflix has finally stepped into the Indian market, but the two big problems that the company as well as the consumers face are poor bandwidth and high costs of data. According to a study, watching a one-hour standard definition Netflix video consumes 250MB of data, while a HD video can take up to 2GB. However, there are apps and browser extensions available for mobile devices as well as desktops that can reduce the data consumption rate and thus save your data Wi-Fi as well as mobile networks.
Opera claims that its Opera Max app can save up to 60% of data on all apps on the phone, including videos streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube etc. Therefore, you can watch an hour of Netflix video by consuming 150MB of data instead of the usual 250MB. Moreover, if you don’t want to use Netflix on mobile data, you can block access to it in settings. The app is available only for Android devices for now.
iPhone and iPad users, on the other hand, can go for Opera Mini browser. This browser offers data savings of up to 60% even on video playing mode on both iPhones and iPads as well as Android devices.
UC Browser offers data savings of up to 80% on both platforms, Android and iOS. Moreover, the company claims a 20% faster browsing experience courtesy its cloud acceleration technology.
Google Chrome for Android and iPhone comes preloaded with a data compression engine, though it does not offer data savings as high as those of Opera and UC Browser. The data saving feature is turned on by default in Android devices (Options > Settings > Data Saver). However, iPhone users need to turn it on by themselves (Options > Settings > Bandwidth > Data Saver).
While the Chrome browser for desktops does not have the data compression technology baked in by itself, you can instead go for an extension released by Google last year. As the name Data Saver Beta suggests, the extension is still in beta testing. The data compressions rate varies, with some users reporting 10% savings while others claimed data savings as high as 70%.