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What broadband speed do I need for a smart tv?

Emma Reay, Lead Communications Officer

If you’re investing in a brand new smart tv and are wondering how you can get the best possible picture without buffering when streaming, you're in the right place.

Smart TV’s are the new norm, with many of us using tv apps like Youtube, Netflix or Apple TV instead of the terrestrial channels which have been around for decades.

The new on demand tv lets us watch whatever we want, whenever we want.

In this guide you will learn what speed you need to get the most out of your smart tv.

If you have a 4k tv and have recently upgraded your streaming platform to offer 4k streaming, you need to ensure your internet is fast enough, otherwise you may think you are getting 4k, when really you are getting 1080p or even lower.

The requirements when using a smart tv with built in apps and external devices plugged into your tv like a Chromecast or Amazon Firestick use a very similar amount of bandwidth, therefore have similar requirements.

Streaming 4k is within the capabilities of most full fibre packages, however the trick is knowing how many devices you have, how many people live in your household and determining what speed you need from there.

Only you know how long you spend online in your household, therefore there’s not a one size fits all answer.

However, it all comes down to simple addition.

The sum?

It’s in this guide we made for you.

The minimum requirements for the most popular streaming platforms are:
Netflix: Up to 25mbps
Amazon Prime: Up to 25mbps
Youtube: Up to 15mbps
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However, if you live in a heavy internet usage household with multiple laptops, smart tv’s, mobile phones, gaming consoles and tablets, each of these devices must be given a bandwidth allowance too.

So if you’re ready to upgrade your home cinema experience to buffer-free marathons of your favourite shows, use our postcode checker to find out if you are eligible for BeFibre’s hypersonic broadband with speeds up to 900mbps.