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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I don't understand how this would work for many, like me, since I have no access to DSL, I have never had that option available to me because of my rural location.
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Yeah, I just noticed it on my monthly trip over to the legal docs to see what's changed out from under me. It's mentioned in the latest agreement and the disclaimers.
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I'm a bit confused by this, if one would have to have a DSL connection to take advantage of this, why then would that person even want to have Viasat also. 
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Yeah, I'm struggling with what real void is trying to be filled that I can't already fill if I had DSL availability. The DirecPC model???
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Direcpc was my first thought.  But kind of a sorta load balancing, routing different traffic to the different connections, my guess.  Which would of course take load off of Viasat's service, and make gaming possible (which obviously would be with only the dsl).  Some benefit perhaps, more if the viasat download would be faster (but also faster to the cap).

Direcpc did work pretty well, except the phone lines are very poor here, that always disconnected often.

Perhaps they would offer a lower priced package to go with it since they aren't providing the full service, sort of.... *cough*....
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I am sure there will be a commercial touting how great it is. Seriously?
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It does sound like the old DirecPC service, but for people to pay for two forms of internet because each on their own can't satisfy a consumer, IDK what the market would be.
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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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I miss Deku. I wonder if Deku misses me.
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Doubtful since she has never returned.
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Who is Deku?
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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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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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