This is minimum just for Netflix. So if you're on a 5MB fibre line, watching in HD, it will max the line and you wont be able to do anything else till the movie is finished (i.e. no internet, no voip etc).
Also these requirements are for the US, where there are local servers (where ping is 1ms and hops are minimum).
Streaming from overseas will always depend on SEACOM, the capacity being allowed through, the congestion, and the quality of the data throughput. And also the connection being used locally (i.e. Fibre, Sat, Microwave, Wireless, ADSL, ADSL+, 3G)
Fibre - low risk of connection break
Satelite - High risk - weather, costly, orbital break
Microwave - High risk - weather, interference, costly
Wireless - High Risk - weather, interference, bandwidth congestion, contention ratio
ADSL/ADSL+ - High Risk - cable theft, limited HS port availability, poor telkom service, bandwidth congestion during peak hours, high contention ratio for home users
3G - Medium Risk - signal availability, signal drops, data costs, bandwidth congestion, contention ratio on the tower
|ShowMax is the other big movie streaming provider in SA, however you also get Altech Node, MTN FrontRow, and
Vidi Time Media. All streaming providers have a similar minimum requirement.