[mythtv-users] UK users - more Freeview services becoming available

Lawrence Rust lvr at softsystem.co.uk
Tue Sep 6 16:45:14 UTC 2011


On Tue, 2011-09-06 at 16:29 +0100, Tim Draper wrote:
> we need better and more reliable DSL for this to work. another forum
> im on is discussing a similar thing (well, general dsl reliability)
> and i brought up internet TV. i hate the idea of IPTV. i only get 5meg
> dsl (limited by exchange distance), so i doubt it'd be able to handle
> broadcast video along with general internet browsing.

5 Mb/s should be ample to view most iPlayer streams.  The Beeb suggest
at least 2 Mb/s but in practice the streams average around 1.5 Mb/s or
less.  Many programs are offered at a higher definition which require
>=5 Mb/s.  The standard definition streams are much lower quality than
off-air SD.

My ADSL connection averages around 8 Mb/s and generally easily supports
an iPlayer streams plus basic browsing.  However, there are occasional
high latencies which can result in start/stopping if encountered during
the early seconds of playback before the buffer is well filled.  It's
not perfect yet.

> QOS enabled router (or a QOS proxy) would also be highly beneficial so
> it doesn't knock out the rest of your network.

Agreed.  Many xDSL modems with integrated VOIP provide QoS but AFAIK
there's no generic client side protocol to set it up.  UPnP would be the
way.

> atleast with download files, you can download overnight and play it
> during the day.
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Lawrence




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