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Prime Users, How's It Working Out?

Discussion in 'Internet Streaming Services' started by sledgehammer1367066128, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. SayWhat?

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    I haven't tried much streaming from anywhere yet. Even though I have 3M DSL now, I'm still stuck in the Satellite mindset of limited bandwidth and restrictions. My ISP insists they do not have any bandwidth cap and never will.

    That said, I'm also confused by the requirements and my capabilities

    Amazon states they need "Minimum recommended connection speed of 900 Kbits/sec for SD and 2Mbps/sec for HD." ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=201112530 )

    Speedtests I've done recently show: " 3.93 Mbps 491 kB/s "

    So, I really don't know what would happen. I have run a couple of shows from my ISP's TV page and they ran OK until the modem rebooted.
     
  2. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    You might as well get your feet wetter with a free trial from Netflix. I get just under 3 MB down*, and the picture quality varies.

    *According to Speedtest, but it's a very short test, and doesn't account for post-initial-burst throttling that ISPs may do....
     
  3. phrelin

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    Streaming.... My tendency was to limit it to the occasional "oops, missed that episode." We'd watch a missing episode on a computer from the TV network.

    But then we watched a few old BBC shows free through Amazon as we have been Prime customers for years, and years....

    More recently I have broken down and am now using my 3-year-old Panasonic Blu-Ray player which has Viera Link to watch a few more shows from Amazon, some free, some not. It works fine on our 720p Pany Plasma without paying for HD which surprises me.

    It's obvious that having this Amazon option will affect subscription choices in the future. For instance, the next subscription tier with Dish is $15 a month which would give us BBCA, the only channel in that tier we regularly watched other than AMC which got dropped to a lower tier. The current BBCA new show I'm curious about is "Broadchurch". Episode 1 is available for free at Amazon. I know the remaining 7 will cost about $14.00 - less than a month for the tier containing BBCA.

    Anyway, I now have to seriously evaluate Starz and Showtime as premiums. I'd have trouble giving up HBO. I suppose the next issue is Netflix.But it really is the equivalent of a premium channel subscription. And I already have Amazon Prime for the shipping.

    Life just gets more complicated.
     
  4. Rich

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    Now I'm wondering too. I'll check it later.

    Rich
     
  5. Christopher Gould

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    Now I'm wondering too. I'll check it later.

    Rich


    This is what I found

    To watch HD videos you need a fast broadband connection (3.5Mbits/sec or higher). Our 2.5Mbps HD files are streamed in high-quality 720p resolution. We'll automatically detect your connection speed, send you the highest quality stream your connection can support, and display the stream quality on the video player. When you are successfully watching HD, the stream quality on your video playback bar will turn blue and the letters "HD" will be illuminated.


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  6. Rich

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    Huh. I just checked one movie and my TV says it is receiving 1080p. I'm using a Sony BDP 5100 for Amazon. That BD player is the only streaming device I have that gets Amazon. My Sammy E6500s don't get it, so I have nothing else to try. Since I bought the 5100 so that I'd be able to take advantage of my Amazon Prime account, every time I've used it I've gotten a 1080p reading from my TV and the PQ is almost as good as NF's "Super HD".

    Rich
     
  7. Christopher Gould

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    Maybe the player up converts or the FAQ hasn't been up dated


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  8. Rich

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    It does upscale, but I don't think that's what's going on. Let me check out another program. I know Star Trek: TNG has the first season in 1080p, but the rest are not. I'll try one of them and see what the TV tells me...got it. It must be the upscaling Sony BD player. I get 1080p on the seasons that don't show a Blu Ray envelope (you'd have to look at the list to see what I mean) but the PQ is pretty crappy.

    Rich
     
  9. Athlon646464

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    Amazon Prime was a no brainer for us, we've been Prime subs for years. They are every bit as good as Netflix in terms of streaming quality and reliability for us.

    As a matter of fact, I've thought about canceling Netflix because we'll have Prime anyway for the quick and free shipping. The wife squashed that idea though because she wants to watch 'Lilihammer' and 'House of Cards' seasons two when they come out.

    I should look into a cheaper way to get just those two shows. Maybe suspend my account until they are released?
     
  10. billsharpe

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    I signed up for the month's free trial of Amazon Prime last week to get quick free shipping on two small orders. I also tried the Amazon Prime movie/tv show service and was pleasantly surprised at the number of free programs available there. I have installed the Amazon Prime TV Streaming app on my iPod Touch and expect to continue the Prime service after the free month.

    I don't buy a whole lot from Amazon, but I probably will buy more in the next year. I also use Amazon's charge card, which offers 3 points (corresponding to 3%) in rewards for purchases at Amazon.
     

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