This is a discussion on Netflix problem within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by gentlefury
Actually thats the nature of AT&Ts crappy service...I can watch netflix at really nice quality off my tethered droid
Netflix basically ...
Netflix basically analyses your internet connection to determine stream speed:
Originally Posted by gentlefury
High: 1.6mbps and higher
So if you can maintain 1.6mbps speed for an hour or more that is pretty good. I have not been to too many places on AT&T where I can get 1.6+ for an hour or more at a time. Quite often it is between 500kbps and 1mbps--at least in areas I want to use it most. I always seem to have better 3G connection speed when I don't need it--as in WiFi areas, including at my home.
11-18-2010 12:10 PM
My connection on verizon averages between 1.5mbps and 3mbps, it is very rarely below 1.
Originally Posted by Tinman
While that is good, if you are at 1.5mps then netflix will not serve up the highest quality it has to offer. But the 1mbps stream is still pretty good. It's 500kpbs where you really start to degrade.
Originally Posted by gentlefury
I suspect at times netflix's quick speed test makes mistakes. I know with my AT&T experience I can have a generally fast 3G connection but it will stutter every now and then. This would probably not affect watching a movie as the buffer should take care of that. But if it happened while the speed test was done I could see getting served the lower quality stream.
Yea there is a lot of hype about WiFi-N speeds, mostly by the wireless router makers. As Tinman said Netflix uses a max of around 3.5Mbps for HD quality video. Since wireless G is 54Mbps it is more than sufficient for HD quality Netflix program.
The common issue is not your wireless speed, but your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Speeds can vary from 600Kbps (.60Mbps !) to 50Mbps or higher depending on your ISP or location and time of day. And when an ISP advertises, say, 20Mbps that is typically their max speed during the quietest time of day under optimal conditions. In my area Xfinity (Comcast) advertises 20Mbps, but averages 12-18Mbps during peak hours. Still more than sufficient for HD movies on Netflix. However there are times it gets very spiky going between 4Mbps and 15Mbps very quickly for short periods.
So be aware of these things when watching Netflix. They are VERY good about sending out emails when they have had a problem with their service, in my experience.
Posted from my iPad WiFi 64GB
I think in general the quality is pretty good although it varies a little. I am however streaming trough VPN because I am located in Europe but 95% of the time the quality is acceptable.
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