3 Data Hogs to Look Out For

Let's take a look at the top three data hogs and how you can use these services while still making the most of your satellite Internet services.

When it comes to satellite internet services, subscribers should make sure they’re using their available bandwidth in the best way possible. Because wireless services like Exede aren’t typically unlimited, subscribers should be mindful of their usage.

This is especially important when it comes to certain applications and websites that use up more data than others. Let’s take a look at these data hogs and how you can use these while still making the most of your satellite internet services.

1) Netflix
This popular service allows people to stream movies and TV shows. However, it’s also one of the biggest data hogs out there.

In fact, according to a 2014 report, Netflix users ate up 35 percent of all available bandwidth in North America, more than any other website or service. The runner up was YouTube, responsible for 14 percent of overall data usage last year. Facebook accounted for just under 3 percent of bandwidth use.

“Netflix users ate up 35 percent of all available bandwidth in North America.”

2) Pandora Radio
Although streaming music uses a good deal less data than video, Pandora and others like it can also be a drain on data.

Opposing News estimated that if someone listened to Pandora for one hour every day over 20 days, it would use up more than 1 GB of data. Your data plan should have plenty of room for that kind of use — just keep an eye on it.

3) Skype
Another data hog is Skype, along with other similar video conferencing platforms. Although these portals allow you to connect with faraway friends and relatives, they can also eat up a fair amount of bandwidth. Network Computing noted that this is especially true when it comes to high-definition video conferencing sites, which use up more data than those that support lower quality video feeds. Basically the crisper the image you get, the more bandwidth is used up.

Some services, like Netflix and Pandora, can eat up more data than other websites.
Some services, like Netflix and Pandora, can eat up more data than others.

How can I use these while still being mindful of my data?

While these websites and services are definitely some of the biggest data consumers, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use your satellite internet services to enjoy them. You just need to be mindful of their use, and check each website’s settings. For example, adjusting video settings so that videos are not displayed in HD can help use a lot less data.

In addition, Exede Internet subscribers with the Classic, Evolution or Essential plans can also take advantage of the Free Zone. This is a special time period when data is unmetered, and many customers use these times to stream movies, download software updates, video chat and do other data-intensive activities. And if you’ve gone over your regular data allowance, you can use the Free Zone to get online at our normal speeds.

Keeping an eye on data is key to managing data, so keep an eye on your data meter through your My.Exede.Net account. Check here for more information on the benefits of our unique Free Zone, and read up on How to Maximize Your Data on our Help Center.

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