I've been getting this question in various forms since I started my computer business nearly 5 years ago.Since I started providing my VPN service that allows you to watch British TV on your computer this question has become my most frequent!
Even now (over a year later) I still get questions about how Internet Speed affects Video Streaming (including video calls, wathcing TV, YouTube etc.).
Don't worry if you don't know what a Kb/s or a Mb/s is: I explain how to test your speed at the end of this. One thing you should know is that a Mb/s is 1000 times as fast as a Kb/s. So, 384 Kb/s is the same as 0.384 Mb/s.
Here are the Recommended Speeds for watching videos on the Internet:
You may be OK if you have less and only have a little buffering. With slower connections you would need to download and play back later. I cover the consequences of slow Internet at the end of this article.
If you are interested in watching TV whilst abroad (i.e. watching UK TV in Spain) then give my 14-day FREE trial a try. No obligation, but if you like it for just £10 a month you can watch whatever is available from wherever you are!
Skype Video is less demanding than video streaming. Recommended Speeds:
I use the built in (and FREE) Skype screen sharing to offer help and advice to my clients remotely over the Internet.
Please bear in mind that for Skype it is recommended that you have these speeds for your upload as well (otherwise your caller will have problems hearing and/or seeing you!).
You can also refer to my article on setting up your audio equimpent to work with Skype if you are having problems.
For more information on Skype® see my article recommending Skype®.
Now that you know what you need, you need to know what speed you have. To find out, you need to run a speed test. See my article on Testing Your Internet Speed.
Now you know what speed you need and what speed you have. What happens if your Internet service is too slow?
There are a number of things that can happen:
I'm sorry to say that there is not much you CAN do. Here are a couple of options:
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