What is the minimum bandwidth you can have for netflix streaming?

Discussion in 'IPTV and Internet Video Delivery' started by brant, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. flexoffset

    flexoffset Godfather

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    I've finally been able to see how it streams in real time. Seems it peaks about every 8-10 seconds and the does actually vary a little bit.

    This was Netflix streaming to my AppleTV last night over approximately a 2 minute period.

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  2. peak_reception

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    The U-Verse 18Mbps (downstream) service is called Max Plus.

    The U-Verse 12Mbps (down) service is called Max.

    Both are 1.5 up. You could save $10 per month if the 1.5 "up" is good enough for you.

    One scroll down on this link shows it: http://www.att.com/u-verse/explore/internet-landing.jsp?fbid=1owF-PfX7Uk
     
  3. peak_reception

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    How does one test for latency? Pinging? I know about the pingtest web site. At what number does the ping suggest a latency problem? If anyone knows, thanks.
     
  4. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    All that is true... but the Max+ service guarantees better than 12... whereas the Max only guarantees 'up to" 12... and I had 6Mbps DSL before... so the 12 Max service wouldn't be much higher than what I had at 6Mbps... so I wanted the 18Mbps to feel like I was getting something for the extra money it would cost.
     
  5. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    What is a good ping number?
     
  6. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I've streamed Netflix with a 1.5 connection, it's possible if you let it buffer. The quality isn't as good but it can be done.
     
  7. brant

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    I've actually moved to an area where I get 12Mbps DSL, so the speed isn't an issue anymore since starting this thread.

    But when I was watching on the 1.5Mb, I found the quality to be just fine. It took about 30 seconds for the initial buffer, and after that it never paused to buffer again. I could maintain the 1500kbps stream the entire movie.

    Now with the 12Mb line it takes about 5 seconds for a movie to start, and I finally get to watch the HD streams.


    I did have to get another 1.5Mb DSL line for wireless network, and left the HTPC w/ Netflix on its own dedicated DSL line. If we were using laptops while watching a movie, it would drop down to the 1000kb or 500kb stream.
     

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