The major league sports are upon us and thanks to live TV streaming services, you can ditch your cable, cut the cord, and stream Lakers take on the Rockets. But what do you do when, for no good reason, streaming the game stops dead in its tracks?
This unhappy encounter with the spinning wheel of death leads many frustrated fans to pick up the phone and call up their cable internet provider: “Why does my streaming keep stopping to buffer, and what can I do about it?”
Easy, maybe. Affordable? Not so much.
That’s easy, they’ll say: “We’ve got a great deal on our new Super-Duper-Giganto-Blast internet plus NBA packages to boot 500 megabits per second (Mbps) at only $69 a month for the first year.”
The Truth About Streaming Speed
Internet providers have a vested interest in selling you more speed. Premium products, of course, warrant premium prices. That logic makes sense in terms of supply and demand, but not so much when you think about how the internet actually works.
The premise they offer sounds simple: More speed = Faster Streaming (i.e., less buffering)
Here’s the truth: watching a video online is nothing like racing down the highway. You might be sitting behind the wheel of a brand-new Corvette, but that won’t make any difference if you’re staring down a couple miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic.
The fact is, there are plenty of factors that will slow down your streaming experience that have nothing to do with your bandwidth or speed. Unreliable networks and overloaded servers are just a few of the many external culprits behind streaming woes.
Paying for “blazing fast” internet won’t help you out if Netflix’s local server is on the fritz. As the Wall Street Journal put it in a helpful video, paying more for high speed internet is like enlarging your driveway because you think it’ll get you to work faster.
The Truth Will Set Your Videos Free
Does that mean all the problems are outside your control?
Of course not. Your equipment could be out of date, you could be experiencing interference with a baby monitor, or your teenager could be hogging all the bandwidth.
Side note: in addition to installing Wander internet, our technicians go an extra step to set up your devices and ensure your home streaming is optimized… how cool is that?!
So, yes, it may be time to upgrade your speed. That said, the threshold for smooth streaming is far lower than most internet providers would lead you to believe. In fact, the average household would do just fine with a speed of 25 Mbps.
With Wander, Stability & Transparency Trumps Speed
Unless you’re watching 4K video streams on over fifteen different devices at once, you can safely ignore the next Comcast representative who tries to sell you on a 500 Mbps plan.
Instead of speed, look for stability and what’s right for your streaming needs. The best networks for streaming are those who don’t just overwhelm you with bandwidth. They’re the ones who invest in their technology and optimize both their hardware and software to provide consistent performance.
This is why we offer low-cost, high-speed internet for $25 per month at 50 Mbps download and 25 Mbps upload speed (2.5x the big ISPs), which is all the speed you need to stream your favorites on multiple devices.
So choose stability over speed, and you won’t find yourself hanging on the edge of your seat when that game changing play pauses and you hear your neighbors rejoicing in real-time.
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