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Initial post: Jan 3, 2013 6:32:58 PM PST
faz67 says:
I have Direct TV and what I am billed each month for, I'm using the term very loosely here FRONTIER DSL I say loosely here because my speed more closely resembles dial up. Does anyone know of software that will tell me for sure weather or not I can use any of these movie video download sites? I know their online help will answer all my questions but somehow they don't.
Thanks in advance for any help

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 2:56:30 AM PST
MikeT says:
Are you looking to stream movies to your TV or to your computer.
If TV, do you have a device to play online movies? Smart TV? Blu-ray player?
You could try a completely free service like Crackle to see how those movies/shows stream.

You can test your DSL speed at

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 4:59:06 PM PST
faz67 says:
I've done all the speed test stuff I get around 30 Mbps on a good day make that a good minute thanks frontier.
I have a smart TV was hoping to use my unlimited SPRINT 4g phone to download stuff unfortunately in the month
I have had the phone it only got 4g one time briefly so I'm guessing it is just as turtle slow as my FRONTIER DSL.
Same on both fronts they have to lock you in to a contact because without it you would never stay once you
found out how crummy the service is. Thanks again and I will give crackle a look.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 2:41:02 AM PST
MikeT says:
30Mbps should be plenty fast enough for online streaming. Try a few Crackle (or other free services) as a test.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 7:28:35 PM PST
30 Mbps is way more than enough bandwidth for pretty much anything you would ever need on the internet. If yours is slow, are you wired in or using wireless on your TV?

If you're using wireless, are you in a heavily populated area (if so, try putting your WAP (wireless access point) on a different channel.
Is the streaming device within 150 feet of the WAP (wireless G) or 300 feet (Wireless N)?
Do you have a full-duplex network or is it half-duplex (you always want full duplex if it's available)?
Do you have other devices on your network that are making calls to the internet in any way?
Are you sure that Frontier is not throttling your connection (I have Xfinity and I believe they throttle my DirecTV on demand service as movies download very slow).

I'm a certified Network Engineer and those are my immediate thoughts on your situation.

Posted on May 29, 2014 10:02:37 AM PDT
Empiror22 says:
i know this is a old thread, but just wanted to add a few things that may help answer questions. Hulu plus, netflix, crackle, vudu, espn now app, and almost all others (use about 4-6 Mbps for HD), the same list plus many others use about 2-3 for SD, and if you some weird setup that is lower quality it is probably 1-3 (from my research (using netflix, hulu plus)). I have tested the HD and SD trials but i can't find any equipment at my house that pulls the lower quality.
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