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Assistant Professor

Video Streaming

Experiencing severe prime time slowdown tonight but can still stream Netflix, no problem. Did these two speed tests and in between the two went to Netflix and started a show. Took a bit to load, circle, but then played fine. Was ugly quality at first then got much better. I have my playback setting at Low in preferences. Have always been able to stream Netflix even during really bad peak time slowdowns.

Guess I'm not the norm when can still stream Netflix just fine at 1-1.5 Mbps speed.



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Assistant Professor

Re: Video Streaming

Note speed (throughput) while watching:

Assistant Professor

Re: Video Streaming

That speed test site is not recommended by HughesNet. The only one they will accept is Testmy.net, the 12 MB manual download test and the 1.5 or 2 MB manual upload test.

Just a heads up, have to use Testmy.net if ever wanting help with a problem. Sadly, the HughesNet test on their own performance page still uses Java which is dying and many browsers don't support anymore.
Assistant Professor

Re: Video Streaming

Oh yea, we're into British/European and Australian cop/detective shows. It is called "The Killing" . Peaky Blinders is also excellent if not turned off by violence and adult content. It is more of a period piece about gangsters in England around 1930.
Associate Professor

Re: Video Streaming

Hrm, I have noticed oddly slow speeds tonight when it comes to some things, (teamviewer disconnecting like crazy?) among other things... But some streaming content is fine?

Just tried the 12MB test package... Testmy forwarded to a 200MB package it went by so fast.  Maybe they are having some issues with Web Accel?  No idea what's going on.




All that aside... I think typical 720P only needs 1.5or 3.0Mbps to be streamable with out much buffering.
Assistant Professor

Re: Video Streaming

Mine's coming back up. My point was I don't get people saying they can't stream video even when speed is low.



I think 720p needs more than 1.5 to not buffer a lot, could be wrong since I never stream in HD.
Assistant Professor

Re: Video Streaming

Lisa, "Longmire" is a very good American modern western cop/sheriff show, with lots of good Native American influence.
Associate Professor

Re: Video Streaming

I remember when WISP started to become available around this area, one of my friends had it, max speed was 1.5Mbps and he had Netflix.  Granted it would buffer for a LONG time at the start of videos, and on many occasions would downgrade the resolution due to network capacity being so small.  The thing about buffering is it can be done 1 of 2 ways...

1: Buffer a LARGE amount of the audio/video prior to starting, this way if there is an interrupt in data the customer doesn't notice.  However, on slower connections this can take a rather long time and program appears unresponsive.

2: Buffer smaller chunks of data, while the video will play sooner, if the pipe isn't big enough or goes out, an interruption will occur frequently resulting in more buffering.


At one time, there was a few third-party add-ons that people with REALLY slow internet could use to force Youtube videos to fully load prior to starting to play, or load enough for current speeds so that the video wouldn't stop and buffer mid-stream.  I guess with the national speed averages spiking thanks to the likes of G-Fiber, a lot of streaming services are re-adjusting how they send content to the users.  How I miss the days of 360p only video.
Assistant Professor

Re: Video Streaming

I seriously don't see the big HD deal. Yes it is nice on my big TV with OTA broadcast stations which is pure HD, no compression, like 7-13 Mbps and higher. Looks fantastic. Not like I want to puke when watching a movie on Netflix at low definition though.

Oh, I can't see the pimple on the guy's face. Give me a break!
Assistant Professor

Re: Video Streaming

Click on the Manual button and a file size pop up will appear, select 12 MB.

http://testmy.net/download