If you plan on cutting the cord in a rural area where it is either impossible or too expensive to get unlimited high speed internet, you may feel that your choices are pretty slim. However, there are solutions! Especially if Netflix is your top choice to replace cable or satellite.
You may be realizing that your best (or only) option is to go with satellite internet. The two choices that you have probably narrowed it down to are Exede or HughesNet. Note that they are not always available in some regions.
Exede or HughesNet
This article will explain what each plan offers, and discuss their pros and cons. Both ISPs are great solutions for streaming nearly unlimited videos when using the proper tool. Something this article will not touch on is the differences in data caps because they change from ZIP code to ZIP code. You can read this article to find out how much data is used when streaming video though.
Depending on your ZIP code, you may not have access to every plan. You may also already have a plan, and just want to check if the plan you have is the right fit for your cord cutting ways.
Classic, Essential and Evolution Plan
The Classic, Essential and Evolution Plan have several different data caps, but they all share one thing: the Free Zone. You are able to download an unmetered amount of data from either 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. or 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. This is a great concept, but you will likely be sleeping during this time. If you have NightShift, it will pre-load the content you want to watch during those hours, so you can stream Netflix during the day or evening without using your data.
The Evolution Plan will allow you to use the internet to surf the web and check your emails after you have reached your data cap, but you will not be able to download images or videos.
If most of the data you are going to use is from streaming Netflix, the Classic, Essential or Evolution Plan is perfect for you. With NightShift, you can stream unlimited Netflix using your unmetered data without impacting your data allowance for everything else you enjoy on the internet.
With a Liberty Plan, there is no hard data cap. Instead, you have a high speed connection using Priority Bytes for a set amount of data. After you have used all of your Priority Bytes, you are switched over to the Liberty Pass. You are able to continue surfing the web, checking your email, using social media and downloading/uploading standard definition video during the morning and afternoon at a reduced speed. Between 5 p.m. and 2 a.m. your speed will be reduced even more. If you enjoy watching your favorite TV shows and movies in HD, you will not be able to while on the Liberty Pass.
If you have NightShift, it will pre-load the content you want to watch while you are using the Liberty Pass. This way, you can keep using your internet exactly as you normally would all month long. Because NightShift does not use your Priority Bytes, you will never notice the switch if you are only using Netflix to watch content.
If tracking your internet usage is not something you enjoy, the Liberty Plan is perfect for you.
If you have the freedom plan, you will not need to worry about streaming Netflix, but the money you will be saving with NightShift speaks for itself. It may be worth taking a look at the Liberty Plan and combining it with NightShift.
HughesNet plans offer varying data caps and download speeds. Each plan has a Total Data Allowance divided between Anytime data and Bonus Bytes. Bonus Bytes are used between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. The amount of Anytime data may range, but you will always have 50 GB of Bonus Bytes. With NightShift, it will pre-load Netflix with Bonus Bytes, leaving your Anytime data untouched.
If you are looking for a good amount of data during the day, this plan may be best option for you.
If your HughesNet plan has SmartBrowsing, you are able to surf the web and check your emails after you have reached your Anytime allowance. However, if you plan on uploading or downloading files, it will reduce your speed. Though the speeds are not as fast as they are on the Exede Liberty Pass, it is an alternative if you choose HughesNet.
If you use the internet to mostly stream Netflix, you should stick with a Classic, Essential or Evolution Plan from Exede. You will always be able stream Netflix in Full HD with NightShift by taking advantage of the Free Zone. If you use a lot of data during the day, but not a lot at night, you should get HughesNet Ultra if it is available in your ZIP code. You can dedicate your Bonus Bytes to Netflix with NightShift and your Daytime data to everything else. Otherwise, your best bet is to get the Liberty Plan on Exede. You will always have unlimited full HD Netflix with NightShift, and you will never have to worry about going over your data cap.
As you can see, there are a lot of different possibilities. You should choose one that fits your lifestyle (and your budget). Whether that is Exede or HughesNet, you can still stream Netflix just as well (if not better) than your friends in the city if you use NightShift.
Are you a cord cutter and have Exede or HughesNet? What are your thoughts?