How to Check Your Netflix Streaming Speed

Cord-cutting is becoming standard in the majority of households nowadays, which makes streaming speed just as important as a good television or cable signal. Even the use of VPNs to gain access to streaming websites has grown in popularity as of late. But, if you haven’t completely “cut the cord”, you’ll still want quality streaming performance. Luckily, Netflix understands how important streaming speeds are to you, and they have created a test that tells you how fast your Netflix streaming speed is.

PERFORMANCE TEST


This test comes in the form of “Example Short 23.976”, a somewhat hidden Netflix title. The short features various different cut-scenes, such as a fountain of running water, but the action is not the focus here.

Instead, you’ll want to turn your attention to the upper left hand corner of the screen. This will indicate your streaming bitrate and resolution. Ours started at a mere 560 kbps with a resolution of 512×384, but rapidly jumped to 750 kbps with a resolution of 512×384, then 1050 kbps with a resolution of 640×480. It further increased from there, eventually topping out at 3000 kbps or 3 mbps and a resolution of 1280×720.

Netflix Bit Rate

SPEED INDEX


Netflix also has an online Internet Service Provider speed index, which shows you where your ISP stacks up versus the competition. Our Netflix streaming speed of 3 mbps per second stacks up pretty favorably with the average ISP streaming speed of around 3.5 mbps. The index allows you to select your country and view a ranked list of ISPs and also allows you to view the country’s high, low, and average Netflix streaming speed. Furthermore, you can view where your country ranks in regional speeds, and compare global averages.

UK Stream Speed

TIPS & TRICKS


If you find yourself frustrated with your Netflix streaming speed, there are a couple tricks that may help you solve your problem. While a title is playing, you can use the command Control + Alt + Shift + S to bring up a secret bit rate manager menu. Here, you will be able to choose the maximum bit rate at which you would like to stream.

Netflix Bit Rate Manager

You can also alter your playback settings to ensure better streaming quality. In the top right corner, highlight your profile to access its dropdown menu. From there, click “Your Account” and in the “My Profile” section, click “Playback Settings”. Here, you can change your preference from “Auto” to “High” if you only want to stream in HD quality.

Playback Settings

Don’t settle for poor Netflix streaming speed or quality. By following these steps, you can begin to optimize your streaming experience. If you’re a devoted cord-cutter, they will also give you a glimpse of which ISPs may provide you the best performance for all of your entertainment needs. And even if you’re not, they’ll still give you food for thought if you’re considering an ISP switch. Remember, you can run a bitrate test, check the Netflix ISP speed index, utilize the secret bitrate manager, and fine tune your playback settings to eliminate constant buffering. With these tips and tricks, you will be on your way to being a pro-streamer in no time!