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Initial post: Jun 9, 2014 9:31:21 AM PDT
Ribo says:
My whole family got a kindle last Christmas. It is not uncommon to have multiple people streaming at once. We don't watch tv so most of our shows come from the internet.

We have started reaching our data cap and I already have Netflix tuned to a lower quality.

I'd like to lower the quality of the Amazon videos but I can't find any setting for it like Netflix has.

1) Are there settings like this?

2) Is it possible to lower it through a router? I looked at QoS settings but it looks like it is for outbound packets.

Anyway, may need to drop my Prime when its up and stick with Netflix/Hulu if I can't find a solution.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2014 10:46:15 AM PDT
They come in SD, or you can choose HD. Are folks choosing the HD? There's not really a "setting", exactly. Everyone just needs to make sure they're choosing the SD version.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2014 2:42:33 PM PDT
Ribo says:
Does everything come in SD? Most of the time I don't see a choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2014 2:45:55 PM PDT
SD means "Standard Definition", which is the default, unless there's an HD version also available. If there's no HD offered, what you get is SD.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 2:47:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2014 2:48:05 PM PDT
Your other option is to tell "the whole family" that everyone needs to kick in a few bucks every month to pay for more Mbps on the internet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2014 3:36:30 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
Some of you could download your shows overnight, watch from the device at your convenience, then delete them. If I'm reading your situation correctly, you have unlimited streaming allowed (Gb/month) but limited bandwidth--Mbps.

Under the Videos tab, tap the menu bars (left top corner) and scroll to the bottom of that pop-up. It will have "Prime TV/Movies to Download" There is a limit of 25 downloaded shows at a time on the Prime account.

As for lower bandwidth, most videos I download offer me a choice of good, better and best. I choose better, and have room for 10-12 hours of video on my 16 Gb HDX.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 11:14:19 AM PDT
Ribo says:
No, I have 300GB a month Data Cap and last month was the 1st time I hit it.
They give us 3 "grace" months so I'm monitoring it to see if I'm going to hit it this month.

Between downloading huge games on steam and people watching whole seasons of shows in a week its getting cantankerous.

I've switched the setting to as low as it will go in Netflix.

I see my options as such:

1) Go to business class internet, slightly more expensive for the same speed and I'm not sure if they require a tax ID or not. Business class has no caps.

2) I believe amazon detects your connection speed and sets your quality based upon what it detects. If I could find a router that I can limit the megabits per second from amazon's servers I think it would detect a slower connection and adjust my quality accordingly. I just don't know if such an animal exists.

3) Do away with my Prime when it comes up. Amazon seems to use the most and thus would be the 1st to go.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 11:28:13 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 11:36:28 AM PDT
WHAT?!? Not helpful! PAY ATTENTION!!!1!!!

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 12:14:01 PM PDT
Boardgames?
Books?

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Posted on Jun 11, 2014 12:20:14 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 12:27:52 PM PDT
Ribo says:
This is obviously an unmoderated discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 12:28:08 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Cut the grass
Play under the water sprinkler
Walk the dog
Build a fort

How did we survive without internet, video games and constant TV as children?
We had a TV when I was a kid -- 2 channels, 3 on somedays. During weekdays they showed soap operas. Then there was the summer of 73 when the Watergate hearings were on tv - ugh.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 12:42:30 PM PDT
But seriously, though. Is there some reason you can't have a Come To Jesus meeting with the family and tell them that they either have to cut back or pitch in $$ for better service?

You gotta pay to play, man.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 2:16:29 PM PDT
CatChat says:
we were always behind the times. we couldn't afford Atari until about the time the first playstation came out. we only got a playstation 3 last month. we raised our nephew and he couldn't get an xbox till he got a job and could afford it for himself.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 2:19:58 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
As I said, you CAN lower the bandwidth of Prime shows--you just have to DOWNLOAD instead of stream. I have a usage cap of 10GB/month via satellite, but am enjoying the bejeebers out of Prime, by downloading overnight at lower bandwidth. The overnight hours don't count against my cap, but I still lower the quality so the downloads go quicker.
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