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This was copied from a post on dsl reports  https://www.dslreports.com/forum/r31826676-ViaSat-VS-2-Unlimited-Plans

In their PDF version of »ViaSat Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Results
, this above is shown, but no pricing is given.
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The good doctor found the breadcrumb trail to it over here ;)
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We broke the news here first at 5:03 PM eastern - fair, balanced, unafraid.
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The good doctor is an idiot!
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I don't get why you have to pay for 100mb speed to stream 1080 when you only need 15-25mb to stream 4k on Netflix, why don't they just let us pay for the 25mb speed and not throttle the crap out of us to stream?
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Because it has nothing to do with video streaming - instead it is about managing a finite amount of bandwidth and monetizing it. Yes even an additional 260 Gbps capacity is finite and as rhetorically asked and answered in the conference call:

The really important question is how should we turn the bandwidth into revenue and earnings?
Some may call it greed, others will simply call it business...

The other reason for wanting to pay additional for 100 Mbps is a multiple user household desiring to stream in 1080P on multiple devices simultaneously - everybody adjourn to a neutral corner of the house for some quality family time for a family of 20.

It does leave the single user household out in the cold for 1080P, but there's nothing that says additional plans will not be coming either. If a single user household your main benefit will be faster downloads and speed tests.
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As a single user there is no way I would pay that much for 1080p.

That being said, at least I have the legacy Freedom plan now and can still get 1080p. Is it as fast as the Platinum Plan? No way. But one must weigh price vs. performance. I don't need 100Mbps for that price!
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Yes, but think of the speed tests you could boast upon ;)
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Agreed. Anything really over 12Mbps (some might say 6ish) is really wasted on one person excepting large downloads or if you could stream 4K. Someone like me with up to four users would benefit. Way too soon to say how consistent those speeds will be anyhow. If data caps stay at 150GB, I’d personally be afraid of 100Mbps.

What we all desire is a solid floor. A base if you will that one would rarely, if ever, fall below. Talking about top speeds on satellite service is pointless. Average prime time speeds is the real measure for anyone who works during the day. I’d be willing to pay more for a higher base. We all assume a higher top leads to a higher base. I personally haven’t found this to be true.
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We all assume a higher top leads to a higher base. I personally haven’t found this to be true.
Exactly based on what I see here. Few would be able to quantify their need for speed and the specific activities that require it. Everything's got to be fatser at 100 Mbps right? Uhm, no... it takes two to tango. 
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What do you folks think about the part of the earnings call that said 90 to 95% of bandwidth on Viasat1 is residential but that they expect Viasat2 to be way less residential, then they start talking about Viasat3?
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That they anticipate greater growth opportunity in the non-residential sectors across the entire fleet (bringing the percentage down across both):

Based on our growth right growth rate in in-flight connectivity, Wi-Fi and government services and taking into account opportunities in enterprise and maritime, we anticipate that a significantly smaller portion of our total bandwidth of the fleet including ViaSat-2 would be allocated to residential than the 90% to 95% on our current fleet.
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Of bigger concern to many (from a subscriber's perspective) might be the following from the Q&A:

Phil Cusick

Hey, guys. Thanks. A little bit following up on Simon’s question for ViaSat-2 I like the unlimited plans, do you Mark expect to sell only unlimited going forward, how do you think about that?

Mark Dankberg

Yes, that’s what the plan is. Clearly, there is a lot of demand for those. We can see that in the way people trade old plans even ones with either the soft caps or the very high caps for unlimited. That’s big part of what we are trying to understand is to be able to get a sense on the amount of bandwidth it takes to fulfill those on the price points and yields, but overall when you couple the unlimited with the video streaming management, it looks like a good way to go and that’s our plan going forward.

I'd only suggest that those who feel they were duped into giving away their old plans in favor of "unlimited" and "optimized video streaming" may want to weigh in on that answer given. I'll guarantee marketing types are listening to the scuttlebutt.   

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I'm pretty confident in my opinion that ViaSat will not be focused on residential services in the not too distant future.  Government, military, and business is their future.  LEO's are the future of residential.  I like ViaSat as satellite companies go.  I've been relatively (not last night) pleased with the service.  One successful LEO constellation will be the exit of ViaSat from residential services.  The company will still exist and probably still thrive.  It just isn't gearing itself for a residential service future.  Probably a smart business move on their part.
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Yall still talking about 1080p?  Its easy to get HD video quality on Liberty 12.
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By their own numbers only 7.5% of subscribers were on unlimited plans. One could argue that people like Stephen use way more data than unlimited users anyhow. They know which plans use what amounts of data. Wouldn’t be surprised to see free zone times and even Liberty Pass changed.
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Maybe Viasat will move into the LEO side of the business?

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They don’t seem to have an interest in it. Their three to five year outlook consists of three more satellites (ViaSat 3). They will be powerful for sure but still have the same latency issues.