Lower resolution on videos--tips

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I am finding, like several other members, that setting the resolution down on video streaming really helps get a lot more bang for the buck so to speak.  However it can be challenging on occasion to figure  out where these settings are on a site so I was going to suggest that different members might share what they know in this forum  on how to find this setting.  

For members not sure about this...last night my husband and I decided to stream a basketball game that was not being shown on normal network tv since we have quite a bit of bandwidth left on our Verizon account to use by the 15th of the month so I did a hot spot with my phone and connected the computer through that.  Neulion is the system used by this university (I believe this is very commonly used) and we found on the bottom of the screen on the bar a spot which gave us several options and we picked the lowest of 240p.  The game lasted approximately 2 hours and this morning the use is posted and it hardly registered anything but allowed us to follow the game and get the audio quite well.  We did have to run the last 10 minutes or so on Exede when my computer suddenly decided it couldn't talk to my phone anymore and that also didn't make a dent in any data.  We probably could get by with a higher choice but we are from the generation that grew up with black and white TV's and rabbit ear antenna's with foil on them.  ;-)  So not particularly picky.

If members that are familiar with the video settings for various services could post where to find them I am sure it would be helpful for a lot of members.  Also Exede might consider making a page on their help pages listing how to find settings for various services if possible.
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Jacqueline Tierney

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Hi Jacqueline Tierney, Thank you for sharing and starting this thread! This is a great idea for other members to share what they have found and their experience with using lower resolution on video watching. =) 
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Thank you got the information!
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Jacqueline Tierney

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Netflix...initially I found it a little perplexing to find the setting on Netflix but after doing a search I found that if I go into "Your Account" then under profile "playback settings" brings up the choice of resolution settings.  The source I used was unclear about if this setting applied to all devices or just the computer.  It appeared to also be in place when we streamed through the xbox...but couldn't find a place to verify this.  Do any other members know for sure if this setting applies to everything once it is set?  Also hoping others that know how to manage other services might be able to share what they know about them as well.  (Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc) As at times, even it if turns out to be simple, solutions can elude all of us.  :)
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Hi Jacqueline,
Yes it does on Netflix. I have used it myself. It will make a difference in the download size and I do not really see the difference in movie quality on a 40 inch screen.

I have not tried all the movie outlets, but I would be sure there is a way to limit the size for all of them. Data movement has become a large issue for all internet providers and the very popular streaming sites have followed suite.

YouTube videos downloaded at smaller sizes do show some loss of detail. Only one I have noticed so far.

If you still have issues with other movie providers let me know and I will do some research.

Another option is PlayLater. It allows you to fully download the movies or videos to your computer where you can watch them at anytime and or several time's. Your only hit for the first download, and if you do it during the happy hours of 12 to 5 am, it will cost you nothing towards your allotted Gig's.

Hope it helps,
Everett
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Thanks for your comments  If you know anything about any of the other services and wanted to post it here it might help someone even if they don't comment themselves.  :)

I have looked into PlayLater but I'm more of a casual watcher in that sometimes I just decide to see if there is something to watch and probably the next day I don't care anymore as the moment has passed so to speak so setting down the resolution in order to just stream something at random works for me.  Plus often it might be a basketball game or other live event I might want to stream.

By setting down the resolution to the lowest choice on Neulion we streamed an entire 2 hour plus basketball game for less than .5 GB.  :)
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What about Amazon Prime? Most of their video content seems to be HD. :(
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Jacqueline Tierney

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Thanks for posting this Beau.  I had been planning to look into this and  you saved me some time.  Thankfully the program I had started watching on Prime at our prior location is also available on Netflix which thankfully offers control of the resolution.
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I believe if you call amazon prime customer service you can have them manually set you to a lower resolution, you just can't do it on your own.
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Starring Matter, I had not heard that. I'm curious to hear if anyone here does it and how it works.
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I talked to amazon prime people on chat the other day and they said at this time there is no way of changing it.  Only option I saw when I was playing around at work (as to not use my data) you can choose if you want it HD or not but it still loads at 480p.  They said they would pass along that idea to the powers that be to be able to set the resolution lower (but I wont hold my breath).
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Thanks for the info KR. I think the HD option varies from platform to platform too. I don't see it on my phone. Definitely want to set it to SD if that's an option though.