Study: 27% of Online Video Customers Experience Buffering Issues
A company named Conviva recently studied the 2013 streaming performance across 45 billion video streams, seen across more than 1.6 billion individual devices and on more than 400 premium media video players. According to their findings
, streaming buffering decreased from 39.3% to 26.9% from year over year, though consumer expectations are almost outpacing those improvements-- with users switching away from content faster than ever before if they experience any
buffering at all. According to the full report, 27% of online video views experienced buffering, 43% suffered from low-resolution, and about 5% never began to play.
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Wow Those are some crazy stats. 45 billion video streams?
I watch video online every day, period.
Between twitch.tv, youtube, amazon, netflix, and uh, a few special sites I won't mention, I can't remember the last time I had an issue.
In that regard, I feel very lucky to have Suddenlink, they seem to be doing a good job.
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Re: Allow us to set our own Streaming Quality The future might be streaming in 4K but a lot of Americans are going to be left behind, as a lot of us can't even get DSL/Cable where we live, let alone fiber.
And you're right, the specs I quoted for Wireless-G and -N are ideal conditions, but look at Wireless-N, if the max speeds are 600 Mbps, say you're only running at 10% of the max speeds, that's still 60 Mbps, which is 4 times faster than even your fiber connection of 15 Mbps. So I still don't think that wireless is going to be your bottleneck, but that the upstream Internet connection will be.
Now, places like South Korea and other countries where they have gigabit Internet, yeah, those guys should run wired because no way wireless is going to keep up with that. Also, if you live in an apartment complex or crowded subdivision, then wireless might not be as good because of all the interference and cross-talk, but if you've got a good spread of land and know there aren't many wireless signals around, you should be fine.
I haven't kept up on the latency figures with wireless compared to wired but I believe they are pretty darned close, and besides, latency matters more for interactive Internet things, such as gaming, video chatting, and RDP, it's not as critical for streaming video.
Saint George, UT
Re: Allow us to set our own Streaming Quality Now you are getting into the Science of Communication, and if you look it up Wired beats Wireless every time. I don't know where you live, if you give me a city I can tell you your chances of GigaBit Fiber. I live in ST George, Utah influenced by Google in Provo, we have Cable Systems Fiber. I use to live in Palm Desert, CA, and when I moved there in 2000 all they had was Dial-up Internet. I came from the Bay Area where we had DSL, and I thought most places would have this. I keep telling people if you want something you have to be pro-active.
Dial-up was not acceptable to me, especially living in a Community of 5000 homes, so I joined a group of fellow residents that felt the same way and within a year had both TWC and Verizon. Verizon saw our Community so lucrative that they put in FiOS, but the residents didn't jump at it too expensive. Just before I left I was influential in convincing the Association to sign a Contract with Verizon for their FiOS when the TWC Contract ended. This is why I tell people, if they want something bad enough they have to do more than just complain.
Re: Allow us to set our own Streaming Quality Oh! OK I think I see what's going on
You and I are talking about two different things -- you're talking about the WAN (wide area network) side of things (ISP) and I'm talking about the LAN (local area network) side of things (what happens once your ISP gets the Internet into your house).
I agree that for ISPs there's no way wired can beat wireless. The ideal situation is to be in one like you are, where fiber or high speed cable is offered. But my big point is, once that connection (which should be wired, like you said) gets into the house, unless it's gigabit fiber, and unless you're going to be doing something that's latency sensitive, once the Internet is inside your house, you're fine going wireless.
That's what my whole 10% figure was about, even if you're running cruddy wireless at only 10% of the max throughput (60 Mbps), that's still 4 times faster than your Internet connection coming in (15 Mbps).
Now of course one thing I didn't mention was if you needed to share/backup a lot of files over the LAN. In that case, go wired. Internal file sharing can easily max both wired and wireless connections, if you're doing a lot of file sharing and streaming just on the LAN alone, then wired's the way to go.
That's an interesting story how you got faster Internet. I'm not really in a community where I feel comfortable trying to mobilize the citizens as you have, but at least once a year, I make it a point to stop by the local cable office and ask if/when we're going to get serviced. Speaking of which, that reminds me, I need to stop by this year, in 2013 they said they weren't working on this area and that I should check back next year, well it's 2014, time to make my yearly pilgrimage out there!
Also, I talked to someone who was running for local office and he said he's in a similar situation as us for Internet, he has to use an aircard because no Cable/DSL. Our county tried to contract out a WISP a few years ago but that was a failed attempt and things fell apart quickly. Also, I just checked and unfortunately he lost his bid for re-election I wonder if the guy who beat him cares about Internet.
Things are improving though, Sprint did Network Vision so the 3G is a LOT better now, and they finally repaired the part that died on the tower. Also, our local library finally got fast WiFi (30+ Mbps), so for big downloads I'll just take the computer down there and read a book while things download.
Saint George, UT
Re: Allow us to set our own Streaming Quality I retired from a Telco, PacBell which is AT&T now, so I know how they think. One person asking for upgrades will never make it up to the decision makers, but you get a Community or City involved and watch things happen. ISP's are Companies that want to make money and provide wanted services, and if a Community wants their Products you can bet they will provide them. I still don't know where you live, if it's a rural area that is not easily accessed there might be a problem.
As for LAN or connecting in your home, I still prefer Wired but there is certainly a place for Wireless. You give some convincing numbers, but in real life a Wireless connection is not going to be as consistent or have the Bandwidth of Wired. Even the Tech's here in our Community said that a lot of the people prefer to be connected Wireless for that clean look, but most of those start complaining of problems. I worked with some of the top companies in the Silicon Valley, and all of their Networks where Hard Wired I follow suite.
Re: I got that too with FIOS 75/25 That's what a saturated peering arrangement and over 2 years of refusing to upgrade your links looks like.