Fed Up with congestion and interrupted movies

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Do all internet carriers have this same problem with congestion?
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Jim16

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Of course they do.  Here are some copy and pastes from other internet forums...

"I'm really starting to regret leaving sprint. Verizon was good for about the first 3 weeks and now I see more areas with slow speeds but good signal than I ever did with sprint."

 "Sprint and T-Mobile are absolute trash out here. Verizon has been great for years I'm just not sure what to think or do if it stays like this."

"My personal thoughts are from the influx of people using data now that they have unlimited. Sprint is trash in a lot of places, but .91mbps is pretty trash too"

 "We certainly appreciate the details relating to your service. Having the best speeds is definitely important. Upon review of the area I do show that our engineers are aware of data speed issues in your location. We're currently investigating the issue and evaluating improvement locations for the data issues at hand, thanks!"

"From reading lots of posts on here it seems like no matter what ISP people are going with there speeds in peak times are horrible to the point where HD YouTube is not possible."

And it goes on and on and on.
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Don Anderson Sr.

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An alternative to Satellite Internet is being done by different university's, they are setting up unlimited 4-5G wireless systems at min. costs. You have to sign up for a free UN-accredited course which must be completed in a year.  Check your local colleges for system's. I'm now a student with a $35/mo unlimited 4-5G internet and no contract. 3 days to go and I'm out of here.
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It's a very common internet hurdle regardless of provider when it comes to buffering movies.

 I think the internet is at a state of rapid evolution. Just think back 6 or even 4 years ago, streaming wasn't CLOSE to how popular it is now. Netflix largely just offered DVD-less ways to watch movies and now they are starting to be known arguably more for the shows they offer on their streaming service. This weekend some of the biggest hype to come out of Comic Con were trailers for original streaming programming like Stranger Things and Defenders. HBO launched HBONOW to give people an option to stream their shows. During peak hours every provider is hit hard and some activities and streams just won't make it through until a less busier time.

Like our terrestrial counterparts we are working on countermeasures to help with streaming. In a few months once ViaSat 2 is able to go online we'll see plans much better catered to allow streaming. 
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the only streaming failures i routintely have on my roku 3 are from HBO NOW. netflix and amazon prime are nearly flawless. once streaming dropouts start on HBO Now, the only way to fix them is to reboot the roku, indicating the main problem is HBO Now's streaming protocol itself. Add to that the unbelievably execrable HBO Now user interface, I'm done with HBO Now. Cancelled it and got the HBO addon from amazon prime for the exact same price, with better streaming, better sound, and better user interface.

when i'm done watching GoT all the way through again, i'll cancel the HBO addon as HBO is extremely limited as to decent content aside from their old hit shows. Almost nothing new on HBO is watchable except WestWorld, GoT, and Silicon Valley.
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Asok, Yes HBO Now claims to need 3Mbps minimum but, in reality (my Husband uses it on the road as a truck driver) an HD show or movie via HBO Now needs 4.5 Mbps to stream without stuttering or pausing. That may not always be possible with Exede if you have used all of your data for the month and, it's peak time for your beam, you might not have 4.6 Mbps.

Netflix and Amazon Prime are both happy with a bit slower speeds so, they work better during peak congestion hours, even on Liberty Pass.

Of course Viasat 2 is just a few months away from coming online for us and, everything is going to change then - sit tight, I think you will be pleased with what happens to our service when Viasat 2 is ready to provide service.
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I'll add that since I've been re-watching the rest of GoT via amazon prime instead of HBO Now, I've been stunned at the massive increase in clarity of the amazon version vs. the HBO Now version. I now realize the HBO Now shows I was watching were practically SD when compared to the actual HD picture being sent by amazon prime.

Furthermore, there are no HBO ads at the beginning of every episode of GoT on amazon prime as was the case with HBO Now, which was REALLY, REALLY, REALLY annoying. AND, the amazon GoT episodes had previous reminder scenes where HBO Now had ads for OTHER HBO shows.

But the biggest relief was to have a semi-useful user interface. The Amazon Prime GUI is  still no where near as good as the Netflix GUI, but is still light years ahead of HBO Now, which looks like it was designed as a high school class project whose designers had never viewed shows on anything  but a VHS VCR player.

BHO Now is FAR, FAR inferior  at every conceivable level to any other streaming channel I've ever watched.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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"Elrich Bachman, this is your mother...." haha I love Silicon Valley. Jian-Yang is going to have to find a new nemesis since TJ Miller is gone. 

Only thing I'd recommend here is that Prime, HBONOW, et all is for those with a smaller data limit to watch the resolution (unfortunately the higher the resolution the more the data drains) because by default they like to make it in the nicest resolution they can. 
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Look for a LOT of changes in the next year when it comes to streaming. Netflix already gives customers the ability to download content to devices like my iPad so you can watch it later off-line. The content remains on your device BUT it will require re-authorization after a period of time. Basically, your device will be prompted to check in with Netflix to make sure they still have the legal right to that particular program.
Now, that said. If they have already come up with this ability, you can be rest assured that they are working on some type of similar storage capability for your TV. You can look for the ability to hook up an external hard drive to some type of streaming device...perhaps Roku is already putting the finishing touches on this.
Personally I already use Play On which allows off-peak recording of streamed content, and the really nice thing about Play On is that it records it in mp4 format so it is MY content....it doesn't have to "check in" with anyone before it allows me to play the program.

In my crystal ball, I see the time coming to where you will have an on-site storage capability but even more than THAT, this device will "learn" your viewing habits and let's say you start watching Blue Bloods. It will recognize that you are on season 2, it will automatically download season 3 during off-peak hours so the next time you go to watch Blue Bloods during peak traffic times, you won't actually be streaming the show, you will in fact be pulling it from your storage device.

Peak traffic periods are the elephant in the room folks.

Andy
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Nightshift basically did what you said Andy with Netflix. Great product, just didn't gain enough traction and was limited in routers and devuces it could work with.

Amazon also allows downloading show to tablets. When I am prepping for a cross country flight, I will download a few episodes of a series on my tablet and then watch them on the plane. It sure makes 5+ hour flights easier to handle!
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What I'm talking about is a storage device that will plug directly into your Exede modem. Notice the as-of-now unused usb port on the back.

Andy
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I know what you are talking about. That is what Nightshift did. USB device in the pack of my ASUS router and presto, it would download a Netflix series during the free zone and as I watched one episode, it would download more at night.

A product well ahead of its time. Maybe Amazon or Netflix will do that one day. As for Viasat, just give me a good, reliable modem that doesn't get hot and doesn't have a router or Exede voice connection both of which I will never use. But that probably isn't going to happen (well maybe the heat issues will be solved :)
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Andy Schack

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Yes, heat IS an issue, even with tv sat receivers like the Hopper.
in my personal opinion, the issue could be easily solved by placing exposed heat sinks at the top of the modem. Heat sinks like the ones that CPUs use, the aluminum ones with the high ribs. The big problem with this of course it that it wouldn't be real pleasing to the eye. The current builds however simply don't vent well enough OR their venting mechanisms' design causes air to move through vent holes or a fan, both of which can quickly get gobbed up with dust and pet hair.
My idea of a top mounted ribbed heat sink would solve the issue of holes getting clogged up and any accumulation on the ribs could easily be cleaned with a quick vacuum or a brush.

Andy