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

    Jul 16, 2007
    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.

  2. peak_reception

    peak_reception Icon

    Feb 10, 2008
    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

    peak_reception Icon

    Feb 10, 2008
    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

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    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

    Jan 25, 2007
    Halifax, MA

    What is a good ping number?
  6. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    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

    brant Icon

    Jul 6, 2008

    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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