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34764170

join:2007-09-06
Etobicoke, ON
reply to bbeesley

Re: Doesn't seem to be a significant difference

The difference by half a megabit per second can make quite a bit of difference quality wise since the player dynamically adjusts the quality based on the available bandwidth. So if you're on a connection that has a very low amount of bandwidth and is just barely keeping up with the stream the quality will go down. 2-3 Mbps is fine for SD content. You need 2 times that or more for HD content.

The numbers on their own are also skewed since they're averaging over customers streaming SD and HD content. If they split out the numbers for SD vs HD content then you would see much higher average speeds.

elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY
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Netflix can adapt down. It can do a 720 stream at about 2.5Mbps with some quality loss but it still looks good, but say almost 4 for great. The others aren't as advanced and you can need up to 10 for ultra high quality.

As time goes on we will need more bandwidth, agreed...

My inlaws had Bell DSL which would get maybe a little over 3 and HD netflix streams looked pretty good.

34764170

join:2007-09-06
Etobicoke, ON
said by elefante72:

Netflix can adapt down. It can do a 720 stream at about 2.5Mbps with some quality loss but it still looks good, but say almost 4 for great. The others aren't as advanced and you can need up to 10 for ultra high quality.

As time goes on we will need more bandwidth, agreed...

My inlaws had Bell DSL which would get maybe a little over 3 and HD netflix streams looked pretty good.

I'm pretty sure I was clear about the fact that it can adapt down. You and I will have to disagree about the quality of the streams once it does start to adapt for the lower amount of bandwidth. That is 720P with stereo sound and IMO that's a lot more than "some" quality loss.