Understanding the terms of the Unlimited Silver 25 data plan

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Hopefully the attached image helps people understand the terms of Silver 25.
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Oh Boy...  this is going to be one heck of a New Year!

( you may have to revise your description once VS2 goes live)
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Ahhh!!  That makes it sssssssoooo much clearer!
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johnny c

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Nice work Stephen, I'd click Select, but i already did.
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Always truth in satire.
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That price is only good for the first 3 months.  Then it goes to 150% of that price. :P
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Pricing depends on your beam.  On my beam, the Silver 25 plan is normally $100 a month.  New subscribers get three months at $70 a month and then it goes up to $100. The promotional rate and terms are clearly visible when new people sign up.
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Ouch.  Guess I'm on a congested beam.  Silver 25 is my only option for unlimited and it's $150 after 3 months. :(
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Yes. That would be a more congested beam. Only thing available to me too.
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Viasat really should require potential customers to pass a reading/comprehension test before they are allowed to sign up for service.
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I hope you are using copy and paste.  Otherwise you are going to need to buy a new keyboard soon.
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This is the resolution commonly known as “DVD-quality.” A 480p video will play beautifully on both your laptop and desktop monitors, and though it isn’t quite HD, it is definitely good enough to view on that spiffy new flatscreen TV you just bought.

Broadcast quality 480p is just fine, but we have 480p "lite" versions, and they can suck.  Years ago, what use to be 720p got lightened up.  Broadcast quality 480i was excellent, but a satellite dish was required to view it, many years ago.


The following are the bitrate standards for HD video those of us in the Broadcast field have come to know, love and hate:

  • RAW uncompressed 1080p @60 fps – 3000 Mbps
  • HD DVD – 28 Mbps
  • Cable HD – 20 to 25 Mbps  (although these days in Canada, Rogers & Bell are compressing the Hell out of their channels.  It’s been mentioned that Rogers uses 10-14 Mbps while Bell is 10 Mbps)
  • ATSC Over-the-Air Broadcast HD – 19.2 Mbps
  • Digital cable MPEG2 (1920×1080, 1080i/p) – around 16 Mbps
  • DVD (720×480, 480i) – 8 Mbps

For those of you who are curious, here are the other data rates for more recent media:

  • Blu-Ray (H.264) – 40 Mbps
  • Xbox Live Video VC-1 (1280×720, 720p) – 6.8 Mbps
  • Apple iTunes QuickTime/H.264 (1280×720, 720p) – 4 Mbps
  • Web “HD” downloads H.264 (1280×720, 720p) – 1.5 Mbps

Since Blu-Ray, iTunes Quicktime and Web “HD” downloads all use H.264, the same multiplier can be used.  So in MPEG-2 equivalent terms:

  • Blu-Ray’s 40 Mbps is actually 92 Mbps
  • Apple’s iTunes Quicktime rate of 4 Mbps is really 9.2 Mbps
  • Web “HD” downloads of 1.5 Mbps is 3.45 Mbps


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