Faster speed, better resolution, more data usage?

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I ask this question because so many websites nowadays have so many flashing images moving around all over the place.  :)

Is it true that viewing a webpage at a faster speed will produce a better picture resolution and thus result in more data usage?   If there is an increase, would it be significant?

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Toni
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Steve Frederick-VS1/Beam314, Champion

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The answer is yes, and it can consume additional data.  Using the add-ons like AdBlock Plus and FlashBlock can help reduce a lot of the nuisance content.
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Supposedly, this is true.  If a high transfer rate is detected, some web sites will supply you with more high resolution graphics/videos.  How much difference does it make?  I don't know, but obviously with something like Netflix, you want to set your default resolution to standard as opposed to HD.
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As a rough measure and example, streaming a video in low quality is said to take about .3 GB an hour, in better quality (SD) .7GB per hour and streaming in HD is said to take 2.3GB per hour. As JEP suggests some content providers automatically select the quality based on your perceived speed. On a limited satellite plan select the lowest resolution/quality acceptable. And as Steve says ad blockers and flash blockers can give you better control over data used.                   
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Even if I didn't have the data restrictions with this type of internet, I personally would continue to use flash and ad blockers because to me noisy videos that start up automatically with ads I don't want to see rank right up there with telemarketing calls.  ;)  and of course as indicated above they definitely eat up your data.
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Hi Toni, I have to agree with all the members’ comments in relation to data usage and speeds. If you watch any type of media online in its best resolution it will consume more data such as Netflix. Bigger files result in a higher usage because you can download higher quality videos in shorter amount of time. Specific webpages require a detailed amount of data because the consumption it takes to access depending on the media type. Hope this information was useful -Exede Lindsey 
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I don't do very many videos, mostly youtube or facebook videos. So if I were to have a higher download speed, would I use less data? I have the 10 gig plan with a download speed usually around 12 Mbs but a lot of times I'm waiting for the web page to load which I'm sure is using up my data while I watch the little wheel spin. There is another satellite provider in the area that has 10 gigs and 25 Mbs download speed for only $5 a month more. Would my data last longer because of the higher download speed?
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mike, first of all, while the little wheel is spinning, no extra data is being used, it is just waiting for the data you want is loading and is most likely caused by the site you are downloading from is seeing heavy traffic and is just busy. If you are seeing speeds of 12 Mbps, you have more than enough speed to watch videos and movies without interruptions. I have Time Warner at my lake cottage, with their 3 Mbps package, and I have no trouble watching movies in HD on Netflix.

As for changing to the 25 Mbps connection, you will not use less data because of the higher connection speeds. The data you use is not based on time, but measuring the data bits being transferred. In fact, there is the possibility that you will use more data at the 25 Mbps speeds because many website designers check the speed of the connection, and adjust the resolution of what you are viewing, higher resolution equals more data bits per page.
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Steve,
 Thanks so much for your response. Makes a lot of sense. Very concise and to the point response.

GREAT!
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Thank you, everyone, for your very helpful answers.  I am worried about upgrading since Viasat changed the plans, so maybe I shall submit a new post with my specific concerns.  I love these forums because I learn so much.

Toni

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