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« on: September 05, 2012, 06:13:32 pm »

i am researching smart tv's and i'm wondering what kind of speed i need for it.

i'm looking to get rid of the cable and use the internet.

i just upgraded my DSL from the slowest, was supposed to be 1MB but was actually 979KB, the new speed is supposed to be 3MB and is actually 2.76MB.

i have used the 1MB in the past for Netflix through my WII and for the most part it worked fine, at times it would pause to buffer, but not a lot.

will 3MB take care of the pausing to buffer ?

i would also go to TV network sites and watch tv shows.

i can upgrade through the cable company and get 8MB for $40.00 / month
or 20MB for $55.00 / month or 40MB for $70.00 / month.

before i do anything i have to upgrade to a digital tv.


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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 10:43:02 pm »

Most everything is compressed when streamed. 3Mbps will be pushing it. You'll most likely be watching things at reduced quality. 8Mbps should be plenty for watching higher quality compressed streaming.

I found this article on the net...


What internet speed should you choose to watch movies?

With Netflix, while you can stream at internet speeds of 1 Mb/s, the quality will be grainy on your big screen TV as if you were watching a VHS movie. 

After scouring the Netflix website, I spoke with Steve Swasey, Vice President of Communications for Netflix. 

As a guideline, Swasey suggested the following minimum internet speeds for Netflix:

1 Mb/s for viewing on a laptop computer

2 Mb/s for viewing standard definition video on a TV

4 Mb/s for viewing High Definition video

5 Mb/s or more for the best audio and video experience 

The Netflix streaming service can determine the speed that a video is streaming and will adjust the video quality to match that speed. As a result, you don't experience interruptions and buffering of the video but the picture quality may also suffer. 

Vudu Suggested Streaming Speed 

When you rent a movie from Vudu, you are able to choose the quality of your video. Vudu's better quality audio and video "HDX" format costs more to rent than HD or standard definition videos.

To be sure the video will play smoothly, you can watch a two-minute preview test before making your final rental quality decision.  

When you click on a movie, you can find a speed requirement chart under the "more info" menu tab. This chart will give you an idea how fast you need for each quality of video.

1.0 - 2.3 Mb/s for SD Standard definition video

2.3 Mb/s - 4.5 Mbs for HD High definition 720p resolution video 

4.5 Mb/s - 9 Mb/s for HDX Full high definition 1080p resolution video and high definition audio 

Over 9 Mb/s for 3-D HD movies

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2013, 03:08:07 pm »

Speed is important when streaming.  Topology, however, is just as important.  Using DSL (or ADSL) you are essentially on a peer network with your server.  Using Broadband (cable TV) you are almost always on a "neighborhood loop" where your portion of the available bandwidth is a function of the load your neighbors are putting onto it.

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