I still think it gets back to the video on the mobile network (data not wifi) is much lower definition like 240p or even less. A mobile browser uses much less data than a regular PC browser. Has to or else wouldn't be able to use it much with the low data allowance most people have on their phones. This also accounts for the lower streaming rate of 1MB per minute versus 5-6MB per minute.
I can't give you exact numbers but I have tethered my Pc to my verizon connection and watched the same series show through both my verizon as well as Hughes Both through my PC. Verizon definetly does use LESS data.. I don't believe they count uploads for starters, couldn't say much about overhead but from what I gather If i watch a 45 min SD show through hughes It'll take roughly 325 MB's same show same SD setting and Same device (my PC) will take roughly 225 through verizon.. Now here is another difference Ive noticed between the two, Verizon uses 1024 base. Meaning it 1024MB = 1 GB versus Hughes 1000 base meaning 1000MB= 1GB... Dooesn't sound like much but on a 10GB plan thats an extra 240 MB which would give you AWFULLY close to a whole nother 45 min show. Also important to note I don't really seam to buffer or time out much through either provider
Tim Tim Tim you need to get rid of that Verizon carrier and get AT&T, my Cell on testmy run and without being on LTE just straight 4G I get download speed of 8Mbps next time Im in town where I can connect to the LTE tower I will post my LTE speed, my wifes Verizon only gets 4Mbps
Pretty pleased with AT&T myself. I might convert to them as my sole ISP if I could get 30-50GB for the same price as Hughes. Right now I have just 1GB shared data, unlimited talk and texting. They have announced rollover of unused data from the previous month though.