Can we have information on the expected volume of data that playing a film will consume?
Associated with each film.
Some of us do not necessarily have an “unlimited” download capacity contract with our ISP.
An uncompressed film can reach up to one hundred GB or more.(At least in my experience).
I would look into some compression software. Quality will suffer when you compress it to a more manageable one GB. Quite often it will look like shit compared to a standard DVD or Blu-Ray but how else will you see things that not available for home viewing?
I expect MUBI are fully using a compressed format for their movies trasnsmitted to domestic subscribers. I do not expect each of their film’s transmission data will exceed more than 1 Gbyte for a 1hour 30 minutes film.
But the issue is could that information, the exact amount of data, be put next to the info on each movie listing.
1GB is a good estimate for most of the feature length films that are available right now, but we are adding multiple versions of the files to serve both low-bandwidth and high-bandwidth users. Soon you will start seeing HD versions available for some films, and those could exceed 3GB easily.
To be frank, we will likely never list stream sizes because it’s only useful information to a small minority of users. In terms of bandwidth usage, manually calculating based on advertised streaming size is probably not the best way to go because it’s tedious and you will always underestimate. If you are on Comcast I believe they now provide an actual gauge after the thousands of user complaints about being shut-off. If not, there are programs that will do this for you (eg. iStatPro).
a DVD is about 4.7 GB, and compressed films are often 1.5 MB down to about 700 GB.