Considering switching to unlimited silver plan, curious about viasat2

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I currently have dish 50gb plan. My speeds are great, but I often hit my cap a week or 2 before the month is up so its becoming a nightmare.

I am very tempted to switch over to the unlimited plan but have a few questions.

1. How is netflix/hulu on the silver plan? Any buffering issues?

2. how stable are the speeds? I see people on here posting their speeds and it go from 10-20 mbps to 0.22 and I worried this is happening to everyone?

3. This is my most important question as I am just learning Viasat2 is a thing. If I switch over to the current unlimited plans right now, will I be able to benefit from Viasat2 once its running? Would I need to change any equipment or plans once its operational?

Really need some info on this one, as I would like to switch some time near the end of this month or early December, and I see Viasat2 should be up early 2018 so I am wondering if its mandatory to wait until then. Anything would be better than being capped and unable to use the internet for upwards to 2 weeks so I would like to get that 150gb asap but would hate to miss out on new upcoming options or have to pay more hefty fees for some kind of upgrade.

Thanks looking forward to some responses!
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I have the Unlimited Silver plan and Netflix. It is fine, no buffering on PC or mobile devices. Won't connect on my smart TV though the TV connects. Might be the distance to the modem there. With still having priority data remaining, my speeds are 20-25 Mbps off peak and 8-10 Mbps peak hours. I have not used all of my priority data yet, so I can't say what speeds will be then, if I ever use that much in a month.

We don't know what exactly the new plans with Viasat 2 will be and, that's probably going to vary by beam, as it does now. You can change plans again after 30 days and, that's well before VS2 comes online if you go Unlimited now. We do know that if you migrate to VS 2, it will require new equipment and, thus a service call but, whether there will be a fee for that or not, we don't know yet. Likely many of the plans will also be offered on Viasat 1 as congestion decreases so, you may not need to switch satellites at all.

In your place, I would take Silver now and, see how it is for you. That may suit you perfectly and, if not, something better is very likely to be available early next year.
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Thanks for all the information! 

I am a little worried about your TV not connecting though. I planned on using my 4k 55 inch Roku TV for Netflix. My hopes were the up-scaling would make 480p look decent. maybe I am a little confused as to how video streaming works with these plans, sounds completely different than I am used to.

I really am not sure how these plans work, do they detect screen size? Would it be any different from the 480p that I get now on a different plan? Can it detect you're trying to use a tv instead of computer?
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Upscaling? 480p is not HD, no matter what. Now. On a tablet that isn't going to be that big of deal. On a big screen 4K TV? Well depends on how picky you are with your video resolution. For me, anything less than 720 on a big screen is unacceptable. That is one reason you might not upgrade yet.

Now, keep in mind that if you upgrade now and then want Viasat-2 which may offer better plans and faster speeds, you will need a new tria and modem.. Do you really want to swap out now only to want the new stuff 2 or 3 months from now?

I would stand pat until Viasat-2 cones online. But again, that is me. I have read others that have regretted giving up from their Freedom Plan for lower resolution video. Now they can't go back.
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150gb is so tempting compared to my current 50gb a month.

I am kind of a 720p+ person myself and the thought of 480p hurts, but being able to stream throughout the day in 480p vs 2-8 am in 720-1080 is quite the choice to make.

There is currently a free instilation promo going on at the moment so in a way I would like to think that would cover any upgrade costs it might take to switch over to viasat2 .How much would you guess an upgrade would cost once viasat2 is operational? Also do you think some of the better viasat2 plans may only be abailable to new customers?
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I have the unlimited silver 25 plan and Netflix. I have Netflix on my LG 55" 4k Ultra TV. It connects just fine through the wifi. We have had the plan about a month now and have not experienced any buffering issues. I am also not that 'anal' about 480 or 720. Living in the country, I am just happy I could get Netflix and streaming at all. Switching doesn't cost anything, so we just switched over and our bill was prorated. As a matter of fact, the unlimited plan was $50 less than the plan we had before. My recommendation is to switch and worry about the upgrading to VS2 once the system is up and running. You never know what kind of issues they will run into, thus, how long it will take them to come online.
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Your answer is a excatly what I wanted to hear someone tell me. Im in the same situation, always wanted netflix out here in the country. I will more than likely make the switch, thanks lots!
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This is all good feedback to see. I think right now the biggest obstacle is resolution of video. For some resolution is everything and honestly I can see how that's a priority if you go and buy a 4K TV (I doubt 4K is on our radar at the moment). However when it comes to movies in my own opinion I don't think resolution is as big a deal for the most part but that could also be that most action movies I watch have a lot of night scenes so I don't need to clearly see the stars or fragments in an explosion. Sports I'd say is probably where you notice it more.

I'd say the Unlimited plan is great if you need the data, if you want a streaming option but most of the feedback we get that isn't in favor of it is due to resolution so if that's a big deal you might want to think it through. Otherwise I think it can be a great option 
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Brad, to me resolution isn't a top priority but, I know it is for many. I'm hoping that with VS2, plans will be priced solely on speed and, everyone will be able to turn off the VDE, if desired.

That would be ideal even on Unlimited type plans, VDE on when surfing and streaming small screen but, off occasionally for large screen streaming.

Alternately offer two versions of each unlimited plan - Mandatory video resolution reduction for one price and, say 20 more per month for same plan optional VDE or auto VDE on all accounts and, a fee to subscribe to VDE control Center, as is done with Easy Care and Exede Voice. That way any plan would suit both the non video-philes and video-philes. (Like 9.99/mo for non unlimited plans and 19.99/mo for Unlimited VDE control center.)

I would pay the extra, just do I could stream the one or two HD movies I might want to do in a month.
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You are definitely right about sports. Not good to watch in 480 resolution. And more sports are going streaming. Both Yahoo and Amazon hosted NFL games this year. ESPN3 also has a lot of "second tier" sporting events. Of course not everybody watches sports.


Again. All personal preference. I am single and wouldn't use 150GB of data in a month. I am not going to triple my bill for unlimited I won't use, while at the same time cutting my video resolution in half. Makes zero sense for me to change plans. But for other, it may.
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I'm more of a ESPN 8: The Ocho fan myself
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Ahhh. The Ocho! Dodgeball Finals tomorrow at 8.
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For those of you using Netflix, did you replace your TV carrier such as DTV with just Netflix? I'm considering canceling my DTV and just going back to Roku but I'm not sure if it's worth it. The cost of unlimited silver and DTV is just ridiculous for me
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Since this is a hot topic, I'm going to semi step away from being "Exede Brad" with this response and weigh in as "Brad" (meaning this is my reply which isn't reflective of Exede...it's just me talking)

I think the big cord cutting debate is ever-changing. Netflix is leading the charge for sure and are really ramping up original programming. I love me some Stranger Things but it seems for every one of those there's 5 meh shows I'll skip past but different folks and all that. Hulu and Prime are upping the original programming library as well. So I think those are going to eventually be the focus.

There's some streaming "cable" options like DirecTVNOW, SlingTV, Vue, YouTubeTV and I think Hulu just launched a version as well and for about $20 or so you get a few live channels. 

One thing I'm thinking might unfortunately happen sooner than later is a year or 2 ago there was just 3 subscription VOD options (Netflix, Hulu and Prime) and Sling and Vue were the "Live TV options" but now you got CBS (which is a free channel) charging 4.99 to cord cutters and putting a lot of original shows on that app like Star Trek discovery and potentially a Twilight Zone reboot series by Jordan Peele. Then you have Disney which owns everything launching their own service soon with their library and could eventually add future properties like Marvel or Lucasfilm (Star Wars) to be exclusive (they allegedly had talks to buy Fox as well). I have a bad feeling more channels and studios will do this sooner than later. 

We'll finally have "all la carte" cable channels where we can pick what we want finally but between multiple services it's cable bill 2.0.

Now stepping back into being "Exede Brad".,... where Exede will come in on this would be our Unlimited plans and whether the resolution restriction make or break the deal for you. They are designed to answer the need for streaming but there are resolution restrictions. I would really encourage going to www.exede.com/unlimited and just see if that works for you. The good thing is save for Prime other streaming programs have no commitment so there's that. At least you can try them out before diving fully in.
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I haven’t replaced mine yet. I’ve been streaming Netflix, but I’m not impressed with 480. It really is ok, but that’s it. Annoying to not have a clear picture.

I don’t see these plans as streaming plans until 720 is standard (or higher) on all plans. I wasn’t offered gold so I’m stuck.

150gb sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t if you stream all day everyday with Netflix. I’m looking to blow by my data cap this month to see if buffering is the norm. If it buffers much during prime time after priority data is gone, cord cutting won’t be an option.
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Glad u mentioned Gold unlimited The only one offered for me was silver do u or anyone know when Gold will be offered to others of us? I just changed to silver unlimited
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I suspect since it wasn’t offered at all in my area, I won’t see anything like the gold plan on my beam till ViaSat 2 comes online.
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That is a pretty good assumption Bradley.