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Old 03-27-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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I'm considering dropping our satellite service in favor of a set top box and local cable for our local channels.

I'm wondering if there's a minimum download speed to make it worthwhile to use a STB? We have Verizon DSL as our only broadband alternative in rural PA. Download speeds usually run between 2.5 and 3 mbps.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:10 AM   #2
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I dropped DirecTV and use an antenna on the roof for locals and Google TV, PS3, Oppo and LG Blu-ray players to stream. We have Comcast Xfinity at 6Mbps and actually get that speed, no issues with anything I stream but only Vudu HDX offers what I consider very good quality. I think everything we stream would work great except Vudu HDX at 2.5Mbps. Even Vudu HDX would work if you get a Vudu player that can download and play later if using that speed.

We are very happy after cutting the cord.
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Well, setup box will become compulsory from two afterward and local cable provider will find it tough as far as download speed is considered it doesn't matter in this.
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I think people are talking about two different type of device here.

For most people "Set Top Box" (STB) indicates the converters obtained from digital satellite, cable and fiber optic TV providers. These aren't normally associated with DSL service. Since there isn't a need to duplicate the data stream for everyone watching a normal channel the burden on the system's bandwidth is quite a bit lighter than individual program streams obtained though an Internet connection. Subscriber controlled feeds, sometimes called "On Demand" are usually not subject to any speed limitations associated with a "basic", "essential" or "economy" Internet access at that location.

It's the Internet based streaming devices that would be subject to the Internet plan's speed restrictions. This would include devices like a game console or TV with streaming capabilities. If such devices are used with a DSL line that has a long run to the phone company's switching facility the Internet connection might have trouble keeping up with the stream. There might also be problems on cable systems when the infrastructure hasn't been expanded to keep up with the growing demands of subscribers in the neighborhood.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:44 AM   #5
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At this point, I would say set top box is any box for TV services that can sit on top of the TV, not built in to the TV but in any event, the OP is talking about a box that is capable of streaming from the internet and his speed is around 2.5Mbps. Let's see if he comes back to follow up on the conversation.
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