Google Fiber tops brand-new Netflix ISP Speed Index

By Rick ¬∑ 9 replies
Mar 12, 2013
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  1. Netflix has launched its new Netflix ISP Speed Index which promises to show consumers the top ISPs for streaming movies and TV shows through its service. The new website will be updated monthly and can make country-specific or International comparisons utilizing...

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  2. pretzelwagon

    pretzelwagon TS Member Posts: 22

    The comparison is somewhat misleading, though. The speeds at this level of average clearly depend on the subscriber's paid data throughput rate more than the ISP's ability to provide a high speed connection. Sure, the geographic availability of various tiers does impact an ISP's ability to have a heightened average, but this weighs more on the consumer than anything.
  3. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    I wouldnt be so sure... The throughput doesn't seem to be related to the line speed. Comcast has mostly 20mbps lines, and they're at 2.06mbps on the chart, while Google Fiber is 1gbps, and is only pushing 3.35mbps. Doesn't seem to be related to overall speed of the subscriber's line.
  4. I still wouldn't stream movies... A Blu-Ray usually averages around 25 Mbps... So as you can imagine, 3.5 Mbps is still way too low for me. It's not even that I like or dislike Blu-Ray/streaming, I just like high bit rate in audio/video. I guess other people aren't as picky about the quality of their movies.
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,476   +126

    I get 1080p over the internet via streaming just have to have the right connection with the ISP of course it not cheap though. B-Ray media doesn't seem to be has hot as it was with the first DVD came out. Vudu service from Walmart and it's HDX 5.1 Dolby Digital & 1080p uses B-Ray streaming over a special account that is setup for you to stream these movies to your network media device, like SONY SMP-N200 an etc. I've tested it works nice you need at least 9mbp down.
  6. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    I have the standard Star Wars DVD, and Blue-ray version. I have to pause them to really see a difference in picture quality. Blue-ray picture quality is sharper, has better colors, etc. But the lower-def DVD version still is the same movie and looks just fine.

    I only say that, because some image quality loss is actually quite tolerable. The streaming and compression that Netflix does degrade the picture quality, but not to the point where the movie is incomprehensible. The picture quality of Netflix streaming is acceptable for an $8/mo service.
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Not all blurays are created equal, even AAA movies made today. A proper bluray is noticable on a 720p screen, compared to an up-scaled DVD. It's noticeable to everyone.
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  8. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    Interesting and informative, but still pointless, I wasn't aware how much bandwidth was actually required to use Netflix (I had my suspicions) and now I know it would absolutely destroy my monthly cap if I tried to watch HD content regularly. Even with the best setting I would only get an avg of 4 hours a day, assuming I don't use my connection for anything else. Really it's the only thing holding me back. Not sure how Google with its Gb/s connection scores a 3.5 Mbp/s, heck I can stream from steam at 3.5-4 MB/s (not Mb/s) so presumably I'd rank nearly as high?
  9. Are you watching the Blu-Ray on a 1080p screen? Because I have a hard time believing you can't see the difference between 345K and 2 Million pixels. That is roughly 6x more pixels. Also, I don't know why so many people skip over it, but bit rate has a lot to do with quality... Maybe I just see the difference more clearly because I watch movies on my 23" 1080p monitor from a fairly short viewing distance.
  10. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    It could be chalked up to viewing distance. My TV is a 50" 1080p plasma, and my couch is more than 12' away. The appropriate sized TV is just not affordable enough to justify its expense with the amount of TV that I watch. When I was making my comparisons, it was on a PS3 with HDMI cables, and I was standing about 5 feet from the TV.

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