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Standard User loggie
(newbie) Fri 09-Nov-12 10:33:48
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why change to fibre?


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A very basic question. I currently have downlaod speeds of about 5.5mbs - I use less than 10gb download per month - I only stream music and TV catch up like bbciplayer.
So with all the hype of getting onto the fibre broadband bandwaggon, apart from faster download speed, what benifit would I get from switching to fibre? It will cost £12 per month extra!
Thanks
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 09-Nov-12 10:47:55
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The extra speed may mean you have less buffering on iPlayer, particularly if playing HD content
Also line may be more stable.

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Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Fri 09-Nov-12 10:50:07
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Re: why change to fibre?


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You can get up to 20Mbps upload bandwidth, which means sending photos for processing is easier for example.


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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Fri 09-Nov-12 11:00:34
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Re: why change to fibre?


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Buffering has been mentioned.

Do you have any problems like that, however small, with anything you do? Any instability on the conenction?

If not, save your money smile.

My broadband basic info/help site - www.robertos.me.uk | Domains,website and mail hosting - Tsohost.
Connection - Plusnet Extra Fibre (FTTC). Sync ~ 53.5/15.2Mbps @ 600m. - BQM

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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Fri 09-Nov-12 11:02:09
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And - is there only you using it?

My broadband basic info/help site - www.robertos.me.uk | Domains,website and mail hosting - Tsohost.
Connection - Plusnet Extra Fibre (FTTC). Sync ~ 53.5/15.2Mbps @ 600m. - BQM

"Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant." - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn.
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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Fri 09-Nov-12 11:18:28
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Provided you do not try to watch an HD film on BBCs iPlayer and download some images at the same time you should just about be OK.

The BBC recommendation is for a 3500 kbps connection to run HD. So you should not see any pauses whilst buffering - startup whilst it initially buffers some content will be a little slower but nothing significant or annoyingly noticeable.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/diagnostics is worth running to see what the results are.


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Standard User Andrue
(knowledge is power) Fri 09-Nov-12 15:41:55
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In reply to a post by MHC:
The BBC recommendation is for a 3500 kbps connection to run HD. So you should not see any pauses whilst buffering - startup whilst it initially buffers some content will be a little slower but nothing significant or annoyingly noticeable.
But amazingly the Sky box manages 1.2GB an hour which is a tad under 700kb/s - and it looks very good. Pretty much broadcast quality. I don't normally use catch-up but have been playing with the Sky box recently and I'm astounded how good HD can look at low bit-rates.

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 09-Nov-12 16:31:37
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Sky box on BBC iplayer 2.7GB for HD one hour, and certainly I do see films around that size.

Bit rates vary according to content, and I can tell difference if I look closely, but then used to write encoders so know where to spot flaws

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Fri 09-Nov-12 16:46:31
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In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
Bit rates vary according to content, and I can tell difference if I look closely, but then used to write encoders so know where to spot flaws


Youngster! I work on the design and development of a digital standards converter - PAL/SECAM/NTSC. Went from analog, to a series of digital frame stores and then back to analog again. And it was certainly not small.


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 09-Nov-12 16:50:59
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You've made my day

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