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Topic # 180761 21-Sep-2015 10:00
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Having to move house soon for 6 months and currently have Fibre which is great for Netflix, HBO Now which I use. 

 

New place im moving has Spark ADSL and seems to get about 12Mbps download and 1.5Mbps up. Is that going to be fast enough for streaming HD Netflix on two devices at same time?

I have asked owner if I can upgrade to VDSL and they are happy for that. But not sure how close to cabinet address is. Is there anyway I can tell that. I have a feeling as its up a hill it wont be that close.

But would VDSL help even if not super close to cabinet. When I look on Chorus map it says area should do 20Mbps + by colour on map. 

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  Reply # 1391044 21-Sep-2015 10:36
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I was on Spark VDSL and would get about 30 down - would reliably stream 720p to 1-2 devices. You should be ok with a single device on ADSL but pushing it for 2.

I believe Netflix 1080 is roughly 6Mbps, but I never saw it when I was on VDSL, only when I got Fibre.

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  Reply # 1391093 21-Sep-2015 11:30
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Speeds for Netflix on Spark should be the best in the country and depend pretty much only on your individual line quality or Chorus issues. We've made a decent investment in the appropriate infrastructure for Netflix around the country - and more going live in a few days.

Cheers -N

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1391402 21-Sep-2015 16:17
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Ok thanks for reply's. Looks like it should be ok to get at least a 720p stream then. So thats ok, especially if watching on laptop or smaller screen. 

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  Reply # 1391420 21-Sep-2015 16:42
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I think you will be fine.

Might not get 2 x 1080 streams concurrently, but you should easily get 2 x 720s. I am currently in temporary accommodation (wife's job is live-in for about 18 months) and the internet here is crap due to copper length and being 'rural' won't be getting fibre. We get 6-9mbps on a good day, less at night. but HD Netflix is not a problem on one TV. I don't know if it is 1080 or 720, I can't tell from where I sit (watching on a Samsung 50" via a FireTV). Up close it looks really good though, even at night when the internet is slower.

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  Reply # 1391457 21-Sep-2015 17:30
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Talkiet: Speeds for Netflix on Spark should be the best in the country and depend pretty much only on your individual line quality or Chorus issues. We've made a decent investment in the appropriate infrastructure for Netflix around the country - and more going live in a few days.

Cheers -N


Netflix has updated its stats for August across NZ http://ispspeedindex.netflix.com Assume Bigpipe and Spark Retail would share the same caches?

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  Reply # 1391462 21-Sep-2015 17:40
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pchs:
Talkiet: Speeds for Netflix on Spark should be the best in the country and depend pretty much only on your individual line quality or Chorus issues. We've made a decent investment in the appropriate infrastructure for Netflix around the country - and more going live in a few days.

Cheers -N


Netflix has updated its stats for August across NZ http://ispspeedindex.netflix.com Assume Bigpipe and Spark Retail would share the same caches?


I can't make any comment about Bigpipe at this stage (They operate as their own ISP generally)... Although I know some stuff it's up to Bigpipe what they want to say...

What I will say in general about the Netflix results is that once ISPs get any congestion and caching issues out of the way, the numbers generally represent how many customers we have on longer pooey (can't say sh*tty) DSL lines.

The upward trend in the Spark numbers are due to us fixing a particular issue and also rolling out a good number of caches for Netflix around the country. The last caches are currently filling and should be active within a week or so. There's one tiny optimisation left to go after that but it will only improve things for under 5% of customers.

Cheers - N

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  Reply # 1391561 21-Sep-2015 21:41
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Must admit we are on spark vdsl and Netflix is ace, never a problem.

Not sure about the life expectancy of lightbox unless they can bring some sport in to the mix....

Great consistent service thus far, keep up the good work.

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