Amazon Fire To Stream Movies

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I just got an Amazon Fire Stick to Stream movies on my 52" flat screen tv. Watched 3 1/2 Amazon Prime movies today & in the middle of the 4th movie it said low bandwidth & slowed down to a point I couldn't finish watching it. My Exede usage shot up from 3% to 100%. Is this normal? What if I watch Amazon Prime after midnight. Will it count against my bandwidth usage? I'm shocked at how fast watching movies used my bandwidth. Being kind of Tech ignorant, I wasn't sure it would use that much, if any. I had to buy extra bandwidth due to reaching 100% usage which sucks! So there's the rub with Amazon Prime movies & Exede! 
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Becca Norwood

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Been with wild blue  and now exede for several years.  The usage is always the problem.  I don't stream anything at all, otherwise you will suffer the bandwidth usage problem.  every movie will use up to 5 gb on average.  Either watch after midnight or simply don't use it.  It's the same if you have updates to download for your phone, pc, mac or anything else with heavy usage.  

You have to learn to live with the downside of being on a satellite.  But it's better than nothing when you are in "rural" communities with no other form of internet.
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Yea, streaming on HD quality will run you luke 5 gigs in 2 hours
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Unfortunately watching videos can eat up you data very fast, especially if it's in HD. It would be GREAT if we could download the video during our FREE time while we're sleeping and then watch during the day.
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Yeah, my husband asked just what you said. If we could download during the free zone & watch it later. I said I didn't know but doubt it.
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Gregory & Becca,

"Old Labs" mentioned a bit about it below, but this product does actually exist. It's called NightShift by Aterlo networks (https://www.aterlo.com).

There is a thread about it on the wild blue forum here: https://www.wildblueworld.com/forum/s...

It works pretty much exactly as how you described it. I am one of the co-founders of Aterlo networks and would be happy to answer any questions about it.
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Becca,

All pretty much to be expected on any of the Exede Classic Plans or Evolution, with the difference being free zone periods. During the free zones speed should return to normal (although the early parts are slower due to congestion) and data should not count.   

Perhaps you should check to see if the Liberty Plans are available in your area - they purport to allow comfortable video streaming at slower speeds once exceeding your limit.


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Thanks to everyone for answering me. I just got the Amazon Fire yesterday & admittedly overdid watching 4 movies in one day. It was something new & I was excited to see my "free" Prime movies on a big screen. But really? To use every bit of my bandwidth? In my mind the TV was separate from my computer so it wouldn't effect my usage that much. I never dreamed it would happen so fast. I'll have to settle for watching most movies after midnight since I'm up late anyway! At least I know by your answers nothing's wrong. It's just how it is with Exede & since I live in the middle of nowhere, "rural" I have to put up with it. They don't offer the Liberty package where I am.
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What's that company that allows you to order your movies and then they download from 12-5 AM.? I forget.
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Becca Norwood

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I never heard of that. I'd like to know what company does that. It'd be perfect. I stay up late but my husband doesn't. He'd like to watch the Amazon Prime stuff without worrying about bandwidth.
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Probably referring to Aterlo's Nighshift, currently only supports Netflix and note the system requirements regarding specific routers supported. Basically turns a supported router into a recorder.  

https://www.aterlo.com/home/

Others have mentioned and had success with PlayLater:

http://www.playon.tv/playlater/
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Hello Becca, if you watch any movies or videos, I would heavily suggest monitoring your usage carefully as you could possibly go over your data allowance with hours of streaming. If you could at all possible wait until your free zone hours to download your media, I would suggest too. I would be more than happy to review your account and see how I can further assist. Please send your account and contact information to exedelistens@viasat.com. Thank you. 
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Thanks. One solution is I'm going to upgrade my Classic package. I have the middle one right now. I think it's 15gbs. I've been needing more anyway. So the 25gbs should make a difference.
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I found that even with the 25GB plan I went over my data allowance limit I wanted to use Netflix (and so did my kids!) - and not in the middle of the night. We tried NightShift as others here have mentioned, and it's working well for us. It's easy to use, just sort of runs in the background (on my wifi router) and I don't have to think about it, it figures out what we are going to watch and fetches it for us during the night. Wish they supported Hulu but it's still very useful.
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I know but ViaSat has a lot of over head, the satellite alone costs upwards of half a billion dollars or more time you build it and launch it.  Then there is all the ground stations that need to be built and kept up with to connect the satellite back to the actual internet and then there's the new satellite being built and getting ready from launch about this time next year (which if you go to space X's web site and find the schedule you will actually see ViaSat on the list for summer of next year).  Anyways I'm glad it does exist, yes, but would like to get that cable to the house but do see that happening unless copper prices far to where cable is cheap cheap cheap to run.
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You're right. I know nothing about over head. I'm an 8 year satisfied customer. Except bandwidth limit, slow downs & paying for extra bw after 100%. I don't understand that. At least we have the 12:00 free zone. Overall I'm happy with the speed, service & stuff. 
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They slow you down afterwards to keep you from going crazy downloading stuff or watching movies. It goes back to that ViaSat-1 only has 140Gbps throughput and that has to be shared with their some 650k subscribers. Yes the LNFZ is great many many people probably use an extra 10-15GB a month during the free zone so it is a great thing. Glad to hear though that you are getting your usage under control and not going over as much.
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This is an OLD thread but I think I'll add some new discoveries here. In the past twelve months I've gone over my 15 GB 3 times and decided to just tough it out. One of those times i had 10 days left before I got back to normal speed. Some of those times it was due to Windows 10 and IOS updates - never video downloads - atleast i thought so. In another thread someone mentioned DirecTV being a possible problem. I just recently disconnected by DVR from my WiFi. my DVR occassionally asks me to reconnect - "You're missgin content." Today I'm 67% through my data cycle and have only used 6.8 GB. DirecTV just announced new features being added to their DVR - being able to watch "on demand" content and going back as far as 72 hours on any show?? Guess what they will use to download this content - our ViaSat connection. Another minor issue is that my kids have gotten very DVR knowledgeable and have setup the DVR to record SEVERAL of their shows - UGH. I'm constantly having to make changes to our DVR recorder settings. My last resort is to HIDE the remote.
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Check your router to determine if it has any parental controls - you should be able to limit the DVR's internet access to a specific time frame (one of the free zones depending on plan and if applicable to your plan).

P.S. An of course lock down the router with a new administrative password since the kids will eventually figure that out too - and then they'll figure out how to reset the router ;). 
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