Spectrum mobile says it offers 480p for video streaming...is that OK ?

Scott111

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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
 

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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.
 

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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)
 

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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.
 

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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.)
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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