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Netflix Embedded Bandwidth Metering Video Example Short 23.976

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  1. ChrisG8

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    If you have ever wanted to know the bandwidth you are using with Netflix, search for Video Example Short 23.976. There are several of these test videos but titled exactly as indicated, it provides embedded bandwidth metering. I tested the video with three of my boxes and the results:

    It took about 20 seconds to lock into 5800 kbps, 1920 x 1080, PAR 1:1 using a Sony NSZ-GT1 Google TV.


    About 50 seconds to lock into 3000 kbps, 1280 x 720, PAR 1:1 using a Roku LT.


    About 5 minutes to lock into 4300 kbps, 1920 x 1080, PAR 1:1 using a Vizo VAP430 Google TV.


    All are connected wirelessly using Comcast up to 25Mbps service with a WD My Net N750 dual band router. The NSZ-GT1 is connected at 5 GHz, the others at 2.4 GHz. I am not sure what any of that means but I normally use the Vizio Google TV for Netflix and it was jumping back and forth between 3000 kbps and 4300 kbps and 720p to 1080p for a few minutes before locking in at the figures shown. I have never observed anything odd with the Vizio model, other than poor quality the first 20 seconds or so until it locks in.

    Maybe most Netflix users already knew about this test video, this is my first month subscribed to Netflix in over a year and I just found out about it this morning.
     
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    Oh yeah, you may want to mute or turn down audio, some screeching audio frequency sweeps are also part of the test video.
     
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    Neat.

    My GS7 had no problems eventually locking on to 1920x1080 and 5.8 Mbps with a FIOS/wired connection.

    My Android dongle, otoh, didn't seem to care to proceed beyond 480p - again demonstrating that these devices have issues with video decoding/resolution/support.
     
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    About 3 minutes to lock into 4300 kbps, 1920 x 1080, PAR 1:1 using Chromecast.
     
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    I didn't wait 3 minutes, but my Chromecast seemed hesitant to go above 720p and 3000 kbps. Might be related to the fact I was trying it during NetFlix prime time hours, and I assume the Verizon/NetFlix dispute is still going on.

    I just re-tested with my GS7, and it's struggling now to sustain VGA quality and 1Mbps, so, I'd say this is due to the peering dispute.
     

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