Check our list below to see what we recommend for a constant speed based on how you'd like to watch:
- Constant speed of 3.0 Megabits per second or more - Streaming video content on portable devices such as, tablets and phones.
- Constant speed of 5.0 Megabits per second or more - Single stream of video content on a TV, PC, or Mac.
- Constant speed of 25 Megabits per second or more - Recommended for households who maintain Internet use on multiple devices.
Depending on the plan you have, your streaming may be restricted to a specific definition. If Sling is trying to stream in a definition higher than this restriction, you'll most likely experience buffering. I don't have ViaSat, so I can't tell you where to look for your plan, but for the Unlimited plans that are available to me, which are the Bronze 12, Silver 25 and Gold 30, those definitions are 360p, 480p and 720p, respectively.
Hope this helps.
From the unlimited data policy (click here):
What that really means – detected video streams are throttled to an arbitrary speed that is typically capable of delivering those qualities. Some, myself included, suggest that those throttled speeds are too to deliver the stated qualities except under the most favorable of conditions. Other factors also influence the rate at which video content is delivered including current network conditions (congestion) as well as the content provider.
undeniably true is that only the content provider
can determine the quality of video that will be delivered to you and
that it is often based
on current network conditions. Most utilize adaptive streaming
determine the quality and some even vary the quality as the stream
progresses and as network conditions change. Some content providers
adapt better than others - Netflix being one of them that's typically better at it due to their per title optimization.
The buffering rate is determined by the receiving device (how much data to request in chunks and when). Buffering always occurs, typically in spurts, but what you’re most likely referring to is the video pausing when the network speed is insufficient for the buffering rate (typically when the network is busy).
If on an unlimited plan there is no Viasat magic plan setting other than to avoid video stream detection altogether by using a VPN. For some that would require a VPN solution on their routers and not sure the Viasat modem/router combinations actually support that. But then with VPN, you’ll also be using a larger quantity of that “unlimited” data.
"limited" Viasat plans there is a magic setting to turn off the Video
Data Extender as it's called there and always delivers at "up to"
typically 480p whatever that means when on.
The only way Viasat could offer "unlimited data plans" - was to place limits on how you use that data. They were selling unlimited data, not unlimited internet on satellites that have a fixed capacity at launch. Even now some of the legacy customers having those unlimited plans on Viasat-1 suddenly and recently woke up to even more limits.
Go to fast.com and it will tell you what your "typical" speed is for detected video streams. Go to others (e.g. testmy.net) to determine what your speeds are for other categories.
Just cancel to preserve your sanity ;)