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Limit YouTube and Netflix Bandwidth Usage on Roku


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Limit YouTube and Netflix Bandwidth Usage on Roku
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:07:12 AM »
If your kids or grandkids spend a lot of time watching YouTube or Netflix cartoons in 4K on your Roku and are starting to chew through your bandwidth, here's how to scale it back and save 4K for those really good shows you want to watch.

YouTube and Netflix both offer much more content in 4K now including some cartoons. This can chew through your monthly bandwidth caps from your broadband provider much faster.  While there is no easy way to adjust bandwidth usage from the YouTube channel directly, you can tell your Roku how much bandwidth to use from a secret hidden menu on your Roku.

Here is How to set Netflix Playback Bandwidth

To adjust how much bandwidth the Netflix uses on all your devices, visit this link from your web browser. and login to your account.

During times when your kids are watching cartons or other shows you can turn down your bandwidth from 7 GB an hour for 4K UHD content to .3 GB an hour which will only stream them in Basic SD. Just click the button next to the amount of data usage you prefer as shown in the image below.

       Learn How to turn off Netflix Auto Play - Click here

This is a great way to cut back on your data usage if you are getting close going or are over your data caps each month. With some of the hefty fees providers now charge if you exceed your limit, this can really get quite expensive.

How to Turn Off 4K Playback in YouTube

You can adjust how much bandwidth the YouTube channel or other channels on your Roku use by a hidden screen on your Roku. To access it, press the following sequence of buttons on your Roku remote. (*This may not work with all Roku models)

Press [Home] button 5X times. Press [Rewind] (<<) 3X times. Press [Forward] (>>) 2X times

Now you can choose your max bandwidth settings. Any setting except automatic will not let you play content in 4K on your Roku from any channel system wide.

For more hidden Roku Screens and menus, click here...
« Last Edit: December 28, 2017, 11:18:39 AM by Admin »
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