Our good friends over at HomeTheater.com recently shared an article about how much bandwidth we need in our homes to hold up to the demands of streaming video. Streaming video is quickly becoming the preferred method for consuming video content directly to our HDTV’s, but that takes a toll on our internet connection. Bandwidth for streaming video is a major concern as the demand grows, especially with the recent introduction of 4K.

Here is a snippet of their article below:

“For those who stream video from online sources, the speed at which data can be sent into their home is critical. If your connection isn’t fast enough, streaming video can sometimes stall as it fills the buffer in the receiving device, or the content provider might send a lower-quality stream because it senses that your available speed can’t handle anything more.

What many refer to as “Internet speed” is actually the bandwidth available to accept data from the Internet into your home. Measured in megabits per second (Mbps), it’s the amount of data that can be transferred from “the cloud” to your connected devices in one second.

For years, I lived in a rural area. We were excited to get DSL with speeds over 1 Mbps. At that speed, a standard-definition Netflix movie would stall and buffer or freeze altogether. Now, I live in a town that has broadband cable with a ridiculously fast top Internet speed of 100 Mbps.

Currently, no video streaming requires anything close to 100 Mbps. But all of the Internet-connected computers and devices in your home network share the total bandwidth you’re paying for. Some of the bandwidth might be used by others in your home who want to stream to their TV or play online games. Also, if your neighbors subscribe to the same cable provider or share your building’s overall bandwidth, that can decrease the bandwidth you have available if they all want to stream at the same time.”

(Read The Full Article HERE)

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