1. Scott111's Avatar
    https://mobile.spectrum.com/plans#by-the-gig

    A quote from the Spectrum mobile website:

    "DVD-quality video streaming is supported. Video typically streams at 480p"

    So I'm planning to get a new Note 9 or maybe the Pixel 3 XL with a new carrier Spectrum mobile at almost half the usage cost. But now I'm concerned on what I read on the carrier website. Isn't 480p video going to look kinda blurry on a 1440 x 2960 resolution screen ? So does that mean when I'm watching Netflix or YouTube video's the video will always default to 480p ? I mean how is Spectrum Mobile going to supersede the video settings I choose on the those websites ? I currently got Verizon by the way ? Thanks
    10-08-2018 04:23 PM
  2. Mooncatt's Avatar
    The 480p only refers to the equivalent bandwidth for streaming. So while you can watch in a higher resolution if you select it in the app, you may run into buffering issues.

    As for the resolution itself? On a phone I don't have much problem with it and often watch in that resolution myself on my V20. It's a small screen, so you're not going to notice much of a quality loss. If you want to test it yourself, choose the 480p option on YouTube in your current phone and judge for yourself.
    10-08-2018 07:03 PM
  3. hallux's Avatar
    Actually, 480p refers to the display resolution for the video. No, it's not that great. That is rendered to 480 pixels wide, and is progressive scan.

    Here's a Wikipedia article on display resolutions - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Display_resolution

    Here's a basic list of display resolutions in ascending order of quality -
    480p
    720p
    1080i
    1080p
    2k
    4k (common TV resolution these days)
    8k (TVs may not be out yet)
    10-09-2018 05:03 AM
  4. Scott111's Avatar
    10-09-2018 05:53 AM
  5. Mooncatt's Avatar
    Actually, 480p refers to the display resolution for the video.
    True, but it's more a performance reference in this case. To stream 480p video, you needed about 1.5 Mb/s download speed. So when these companies advertise you can stream 480p, that means they are throttling your bandwidth for video streams to ~1.5Mb/s. If you try to watch a higher resolution video, it would need a faster connection to stream, but you may still be throttled to less than it needs. That's what I was getting at in my reply.
    10-09-2018 06:03 AM
  6. hallux's Avatar
    I guess I misread, I thought it was a reference to getting 480p streams with no hit to data usage...
    10-09-2018 06:46 AM
  7. Rukbat's Avatar
    I just got that flyer too. The only thing I find wrong with it is the price. Mint is cheaper all the way out to 10GB/month. (TMobile network.)
    10-09-2018 11:37 AM
  8. Mooncatt's Avatar
    I also got the flyer, but it would be a decent price jump for me. I'm on a Verizon 8 GB tiered plan with a corporate discount, and it's adequate for my needs.
    10-09-2018 11:43 AM
  9. Scott111's Avatar
    Spectrum Mobile is offering 1GB with text and talk for $14 a month. Yes I know it sounds like very low, but I currently got Verizon's small plan which is 1 gig and I've been fine for a year now. When I'm at home I use WiFi and at work we are not allowed to have our phones on us, they have to be kept in the car.
    10-10-2018 03:45 PM
  10. treetopsranch's Avatar
    480p? Does that mean when I want to look at a Youtube video at 1080p, it will be restricted to 480p?
    10-11-2018 01:52 PM
  11. Mooncatt's Avatar
    480p? Does that mean when I want to look at a Youtube video at 1080p, it will be restricted to 480p?
    According to their site at https://mobile.spectrum.com

    DVD-quality video streaming is supported. Video typically streams at 480p.
    So you could watch in 1080p, but the bandwidth likely won't support it and you'll pause to buffer as needed.
    10-11-2018 02:18 PM

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