Video streaming trial

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Anyone receive an offer from Viasat to beta test a video streaming data saving feature? 
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Oliver

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It's just them pushing the video resolution "optimization" on the older liberty accounts?
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Bob Lexus

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I don't think so

I am going to find out, if selected...
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I signed up for it.  Did not receive anything different in the way of equipment.  If these was any change in service I think it got a little worse.  More loading.  Viasat just said the trial is over.  If I wanted the "new, improved service" it was $20 more a month.
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Sounds like this is the new Viasat Flex Service that showed up in the revised customer agreement on September 30:

https://www.exede.com/viasat-flex/

which raises more questions than it answers ;)
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The Viasat flex is interesting. Wonder if you could cut your ping in half with this? That could make Satellite internet seem a bit faster just from that. The only fixed option for me is 768K DSL which is ATT Uverse. I almost signed up for DSL recently because they were advertising 1.5M DSL to my house which I was hoping to be bumped up to 3M when the tech was here. I could do wonders with a 3 meg connection and Viasat business but once they drove the path of the line I was close to 4 miles away from the connection point. So to me it wasn't worth it for 768K. But I do wonder if they will try to make connections that slow work together. I'm currently using US Cellular Fixed Wireless and Viasat with a load balancer. Its the best I can do in my situation. The signal is weak here so I have to be within a few feet of the booster for it to work and stability is probably 98%. Viasat is actually more stable until a heavy rain but since I have a load balancer within a minute everything fails over to the fixed wireless. 
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In addition to numerous mentions in the customer agreement, a little more info here:

http://www.rsinc.com/what-is-viasat-flex.php

Interesting that Brad's reply that it's an ongoing trial  has gone awol - perhaps it caught him by surprise and he's seeking added info - it would appear to be out of the trial stage.
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Definitely like the old DirecPC. Use the DSL to cut down the latency.

They say "no extra cost" at this time, but that is subject to change.

Still, a person needs to pay for DSL and Viasat. Shelling out a lot of money to make your internet more effective since neither on their own can satisfy a consumer apparently.
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Perhaps Brad gave out too many details and was canned.  Circle the wagons and get out the pitchforks "fellas".

Yeah, no dsl here either, like many here.  Actually, I have little doubt Viasat works almost as well, or rather as poorly as DSL in town these days on its own (DSL cuts out and doesn't really stream in town, let alone at the ends of the lines).  Haven't seen the Viasat's service for a fair amount of time since they're double the price for half the data and half the advertised up to speed as the competition, competition came in with upgraded service, so people switched.

Someone getting the service here that has access to DSL would have an interesting bill.  $85 for up to 5 meg (and poor) service.  Plus Viasat's fees, about $110 for the cheapest plan, up to 12 meg, 35 GB data threshold, and 360p.  But, it says in VS2 areas only anyway.  A combination of the two with traffic management would ~probably work better than either on their own though, as it should....  I'd think trying to get 2 DSL lines would be better though (or DSL plus wireless, as DSL areas would probably be a bit more likely to have cell service than non-DSL areas).
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Nah, Brad just said it was an ongoing trial with no additional details - you had to be here ;)

Regardless it ain't happening where I'm at.
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maybe I already have it in my area or it has been implemented.  I get great video streaming....wonderful
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No DSL in my area, all the phone lines are the old school type which won't support DSL. What do they charge for DSL these days? You know full well Viasat will charge for Viasat flex in the future. So with Viasat flex you are paying your original Viasat monthly bill, plus DSL, plus whatever Viasat charges for flex. So some people will be paying close to $300 a month for internet, that is crazy.
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I wonder if it has anything to do with the great service Im getting?  49.25 down and 4.93 up this morning.
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Dances with Woofs

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Don't know, my first impression was those towers might sway closer to the top - might not impact satellite TV but satellite internet has a lower tolerance for that since being even slightly off you could miss the satellite's sweet spot by miles over a 22000 mile journey. I suspect it has more to do with requirements for rigidity of the pole mount and it's maximum height.

Unfortunately all of the reputable installers from the old forum who could answer, don't come around here too much. For some of them it wasn't enough to know what the standards were but also the reason behind those standards. This community isn't really conducive to rational discussions like the old one was and they tend to avoid this one since they are frequently and quickly called shills here - it's the community's loss and Viasat's loss, not the installers. Then of course there was one that was banned from here.

As the page says:

This gallery is a reminder to every installer that installing satellite internet service is just not the same as doing Directv or Dishnetwork TV systems. What works just fine with conventional TV satellite will fail with Wildblue and Exede.
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From what I found satellite TV dishes don't like swaying either. I had a friend who lived in an area where high winds would kick up from time to time. He lived in a place with postage stamp sized lots that had a homeowners association with strict guidelines. You were basically stuck mounting them on the fascia boards on the back of the house. Even with reinforcement heavy wind gusts were enough to make the dish rock and that would cause the picture to pixelate. We both had Directv with the NFL package. If the wind whipped up at his place on Sunday he usually ended up at my house.
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The old standard def DirecTV satellites had larger sweet spots and bigger tolerances. The HD birds have tighter tolerances and are more prone to losing signal is the dish is slightly off.

You use to be able to tune a DirecTV dish with a simple meter. Now it takes a much more sophisticated device. Can you still tune by the screens? Sort of. But you have to dither the dish to properly tune it. Didnt need that on the old standard signal satellites.
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Thanks for the info ExSat, but it is not comforting. At my age and aversion to home electronics I don't want to think something that worked in 2004 won't work now with satellite TV.
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ExSatUser

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It wont. I could point my DirecPC satellite internet connection in the 90's, but not a Viasat dish in the 2000's.
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Stephen Rice, Champion

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I miss Deku. I wonder if Deku misses me.
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ExSatUser

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Doubtful since she has never returned.
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Homeskillet

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Who is Deku?
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ExSatUser

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DEku WAs A forMER champion on here who made eclectic posts. Like some other posters, she became disillusioned with Viasat and moved on.

Big into anime too!
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This is Viasat getting around the wording for the gov rural access grants?
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ExSatUser

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Good point! Wasnt thinking that way but that sounds feasible.
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Didn't I read somewhere they were denied grant money due to the high latency? It is interesting how the Viasat commercials bash DSL and now they are trying to team up with them. I wonder if some of the DSL companies will tell them to get lost.
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