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I tried Google but most answers on top not clear and get into theoretical calculations of quality and length, or off topic, like PC hardware.

Anyway how much minimum bandwidth do I need to play 1080p YouTube video smoothly without waiting for preload? Currently I have 2.5mb, and its barely able to stream 720p. Sometimes it does, but sometimes it pauses.
 
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doesn't they say it takes around 4mb/s to watch an "OKAY" streaming of 1080p, or am i totally off sync?
 

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5-6 Mbit/s for viewing without any buffering (well thats my experience with youtube anyhow)
 

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doesn't they say it takes around 4mb/s to watch an "OKAY" streaming of 1080p, or am i totally off sync?
Dunno, didn't notice where. But anyway thanks both.
 
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I've a 10Mb connection and can't stream 1080, though I suspect that's a problem with my ISP/youtube as every now and then I can : /
 
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I have a 30Mb/s connection and I have to wait for 480p:banghead::cry: but only about 10sec then it loads, 720p aint much worse but 1080p takes awhile:mad:, so fuk you telstra:laugh:
 

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I have a 30Mb/s connection and I have to wait for 480p:banghead::cry: but only about 10sec then it loads, 720p aint much worse but 1080p takes awhile:mad:, so fuk you telstra:laugh:
man thats fucked up :ohwell:
 
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What you could do is right-clicking on the video, selecting "settings" and then go to the icon with the folder picture. Move the slide to the right, so that you at least take the maximum bandwidth you can take. It may decrease the amount of buffering a bit (even though the buffering won't completely dissapear with the connection you have, I think). Watching at 720p may help too, and I think you won't see that much difference between 720p and 1080i on youtube (at least I don't, on my 1280x1024 monitor).
 

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I've a 10Mb connection and can't stream 1080, though I suspect that's a problem with my ISP/youtube as every now and then I can : /
i have a 20MB. But it all depends on your ISP's youtube connection. here sky people get a 4MB connection direct to youtube regardless of our speed. That streams it 3-4 times faster than i can watch it, im half way through before it finishes loading :twitch:
 
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I tried Google but most answers on top not clear and get into theoretical calculations of quality and length, or off topic, like PC hardware.

Anyway how much minimum bandwidth do I need to play 1080p YouTube video smoothly without waiting for preload? Currently I have 2.5mb, and its barely able to stream 720p. Sometimes it does, but sometimes it pauses.
If you are paying for 2.5 meg from your ISP, that means that your maximum download is approximately 312Kb/sec. That is really poor, not enough to play 720p or 1080p.

I'm on a 20 meg fibre connection, so my maximum download is about 2.5Mb/sec, on a average day I can stream 1080p without buffering.

Bear in mind, HD on youtube is compressed so its actually easier to stream than it should be. Youtube has a new "Raw" option which is the uncompressed HD file.
 
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Depends where you are located... No matter what the connection speed is. If there are some bad hops then you get buffering!
 
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What you could do is right-clicking on the video, selecting "settings" and then go to the icon with the folder picture. Move the slide to the right, so that you at least take the maximum bandwidth you can take. It may decrease the amount of buffering a bit (even though the buffering won't completely dissapear with the connection you have, I think). Watching at 720p may help too, and I think you won't see that much difference between 720p and 1080i on youtube (at least I don't, on my 1280x1024 monitor).
I fail to see how you think you are watching HD on a monitor of that resolution :rolleyes:

Although it may play the video's just fine on that resolution it isn't displaying the video's in HD format:


 
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I fail to see how you think you are watching HD on a monitor of that resolution :rolleyes:

Although it may play the video's just fine on that resolution it isn't displaying the video's in HD format:
I know I will not see it displayed in HD. Hence my remark that I don't see a difference ;)
So I know I don't see it in HD. I thought you would notice the irony in that post of mine :)
 
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No I didn't sorry :/ It's a little hard to understand how some thing's are men't to be put across when your reading just a paragraph at a time, not only that I'm not exactly the brightest star in the sky :laugh:
 

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No I didn't sorry :/ It's a little hard to understand how some thing's are men't to be put across when your reading just a paragraph at a time, not only that I'm not exactly the brightest star in the sky :laugh:
no worries, it's all about the isp's connection
 
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I don't even bother waiting for it to stream - just save the video to your hdd.
Orbit Downloader is a good one - I haven't watched a video on youtube without using Orbit in years!
Try it - you might never go back...
 
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I don't even bother waiting for it to stream - just save the video to your hdd.
Orbit Downloader is a good one - I haven't watched a video on youtube without using Orbit in years!
Try it - you might never go back...
Good idea in it's own way, however I think a lot of people would get annoyed having to download and delete a lot of the time, depending on the person and the space they have on any given HDD.
 
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Good idea in it's own way, however I think a lot of people would get annoyed having to download and delete a lot of the time, depending on the person and the space they have on any given HDD.
Good point. I'm a hoarder so I never delete stuff, but then I only watch interesting stuff!
I'm on a dongle so when I have to use x amount of download limit to watch a video, I'm saving it! Getting my money's worth!!

Your answer would most probably be:
Bitrate of a 1080p HD video is usually around 10Mbps so I'd guess a 10Mbps connection?
 
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I fail to see how you think you are watching HD on a monitor of that resolution :rolleyes:

Although it may play the video's just fine on that resolution it isn't displaying the video's in HD format:


http://img.techpowerup.org/100912/Capture070.jpg


I'd love to know how you're getting 1080i on CBS. I always get the chunkiest looking crap quality vids there. Not to mention it takes like 5 minutes just to find a 2 minute CLIP of big Bang Theory. Am I looking in the wrong place???
 
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http://img.techpowerup.org/100912/Capture070.jpg

I'd love to know how you're getting 1080i on CBS. I always get the chunkiest looking crap quality vids there. Not to mention it takes like 5 minutes just to find a 2 minute CLIP of big Bang Theory. Am I looking in the wrong place???
Errm I don't watch anything on CBS... never have either, infact I've just had to google it as I had no idea what you was on about :p

Anyway's I'm currently playing something on CBS and I don't seem to have any issue's whilst searching for some random programs :) and I can't find anything to do with HD on their website...
 
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same, but on a 20mb, it loaded MUCH faster than the play rate
 
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Playing perfect on 7Mb, but that wasn't my question.

How are you finding full episodes on CBS? All I ever see is clips.
And most important how do you get 1080i? It seems to throttle based on internet speed and I get like 480 to 720 jitters back and forth.
 
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