Netflix has released a new tool that will help people watching streamed TV shows on mobile devices and thus avoid costly bills for high data use.Netflix has recently expanded its service to almost every country in the world impressing potential subscribers in vast array of places where smartphones are preferred devices for connecting to the Internet.
In a blog post, Eddy Wu, the director of Netflix said, “As we have launched Netflix around the world, we have seen big differences in how much people are streaming on smartphones and what kinds of mobile data plans they have. Today, we are offering a new tool to help you better control how much data you use when streaming on cellular networks.”Now, people can stream about three hours of shows or films per gigabyte of data with the help of a default settings in Netflix applications that aim to deliver good video quality in the process.
“Our testing found that, on cellular networks, this setting balances good video quality with lower data usage to help avoid exceeding data caps and incurring overage fees. Our goal is to give you more control and greater choice in managing your data usage whether you’re on an unlimited mobile plan or one that’s more restrictive,” Wu said.Streaming
Netflix shows using Wi-Fi hotspots would not be effected by the setting.In the first quarter of this year, Netflix members grew a record high of 6.74 million, thus touching the mark of 81.5 million worldwide.Netflix has expanded its business to 190 countries in January, making its Internet TV service available in 130 new markets including India – but not China.Netflix co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings called it the birth of a “global Internet TV network.”