Question about the new unlimited plans - Video streaming

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I currently have the Freedom (12 Mbps) plan, which has served me relatively well, given that I don't have much of a choice where I live.  Occasionally my wife and I go over, but we have learned to live with it. 

I just saw the new unlimited plans, and saw that the Silver has speeds of up to 25 Mbps.  It seems I could pay less per month, have unlimited data (ish), and pay less than my current Freedom plan (which I currently pay about 120/mo for).  The only thing that got me scratching my head was the "optimized for DVD quality or 480p" detail.  If I had 25 Mbps speed, that would be way more than enough to stream at 1080p, and on my Freedom plan, I can stream 720p and 1080p relatively well.  

If I am currently getting up to 12 Mbps and can stream 720p and 1080p, what is the incentive to upgrade to something that claims 25 Mbps, however, states that I will only get 480p streaming capability?  Does the plan explicitly limit video streaming only and give me up to 25 Mbps, for any other downloads?  Where does this video quality optimization come from?  

The short questions is, if I can stream 720p and 1080p on my current 12 Mbps plan, why would I go to the unlimited plan only to have worse video, even though it advertises up to twice my current speed?  

You have a very confused customer here.  
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Alex Kimball

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