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Old 05-22-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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6MB isn't enough to consistently stream HD content. Since your internet connection is going to become your primary source of televised entertainment, go with at least 10MB.
No, it should be fine. I have monitored my real-time bandwidth usage (w/DD-WRT) while streaming HD movies, and it never exceeds 6 Meg. Probably averages 2 -3 Mbps as the traffic is bursty as it buffers.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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6MB is extremely fast. I have Comcast and get about half of that.
Is Comcast DSL? (I'm thinking it's cable)

The minimum speed that Charter offers is 15/3.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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No, it should be fine. I have monitored my real-time bandwidth usage (w/DD-WRT) while streaming HD movies, and it never exceeds 6 Meg. Probably averages 2 -3 Mbps as the traffic is bursty as it buffers.
Whereas I could never get consistent HD streaming content until I bumped up from 6 to 12, so I don't know what to tell ya.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:22 PM
 
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Whereas I could never get consistent HD streaming content until I bumped up from 6 to 12, so I don't know what to tell ya.
There are several factors besides speed that could have been the issue (or still is the issue and you don't know/realize it).
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:31 PM
 
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Is Comcast DSL? (I'm thinking it's cable)

The minimum speed that Charter offers is 15/3.
Comcast is cable. The 15/3 that Charter offers is 15Mb. The OP is discussing 6MB of bandwidth. 15Mb is 1.875MB of bandwidth.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:33 PM
 
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Depends on what you're streaming. It's actually very easy to compare because the both video and your ISP speed is given as a data rate. For example your Comcast plan is 6Mbps. Here's some typical video data rates, approximate values:

Youtube : .5Mbps to 1Mbps
DVD quality: 1.5Mbps to 2Mbps
"hd" quality: 4mbps + *
True HD on bluray: 25Mbps

*You're going to get varying speed for "hd", that's probably about the minimum and I believe most of these services test your speed and will stream what is appropriate. The other thing to keep in mind is not a whole lot of services offer really high bitrate video to begin with.
There's some confusion here. The OP said their comcast plan is 6MBps. Not 6Mbps. Big difference in speed.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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There's some confusion here. The OP said their comcast plan is 6MBps. Not 6Mbps. Big difference in speed.
Except I have Comcast and know it's 6Mbps. Besides that how many IPS's give speeds in bytes?
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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Comcast is cable. The 15/3 that Charter offers is 15Mb. The OP is discussing 6MB of bandwidth. 15Mb is 1.875MB of bandwidth.
You realize that a novice is asking for advice, and you go off on such a tanget. Are you trying to be a typo Nazi because they typed MB instead of Mb when they probably don't understand the difference?

ISP advertize speed in Mbps, and common sense says they are asking about options they see advertized.

What was your point with posting this;
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6MB is extremely fast. I have Comcast and get about half of that.
because that is blatantly perhaps even deliberately misleading to the novices that merely come here to ask for help or advice.

Are you trying to impress a few that you know the difference between B and b (big whoop), or deliberately misleading the OP who is merely asking for a little advice?
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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There's some confusion here. The OP said their comcast plan is 6MBps. Not 6Mbps. Big difference in speed.
but you know damn well that is not what the OP meant.

You proved that when I said I have 15/3 and you knew that I meant Mbps, as bit is standard when talking about transfer speeds and bytes for storage capacity.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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You realize that a novice is asking for advice, and you go off on such a tanget. Are you trying to be a typo Nazi because they typed MB instead of Mb when they probably don't understand the difference?

ISP advertize speed in Mbps, and common sense says they are asking about options they see advertized.

What was your point with posting this; because that is blatantly perhaps even deliberately misleading to the novices that merely come here to ask for help or advice.

Are you trying to impress a few that you know the difference between B and b (big whoop), or deliberately misleading the OP who is merely asking for a little advice?
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but you know damn well that is not what the OP meant.

You proved that when I said I have 15/3 and you knew that I meant Mbps, as bit is standard when talking about transfer speeds and bytes for storage capacity.
I didn't realize that people didn't know the difference. I suppose this would be a good time to point out to the OP and other folks the difference to avoid confusion.

What's with your attitude? I don't work in advertising so I don't know how ISPs advertise. I know the products and their speeds.
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