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# 208869 3-Mar-2017 08:04
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Just wondering if anyone else has noticed this....

 

Last night when I opened up Lightbox on my Samsung TV app, I received a notification that I can now select the level of data usage while watching programs.

 

The options are high resolution at approx 4.5GB/hour, or standard resolution at approx 1GB/hour. I can toggle between the two settings at any time by pressing the green button on my tv remote.

 

When I was previously on ADSL, my Lightbox didn't seem to use much data, but when I switched to Spark fixed wireless on 4G, my Lightbox data usage skyrocketed, and I was very quickly gobbling up my 120GB data allowance. I guess there was a setting in the background for the app to use as much bandwidth as available depending on the connection type one has.

 

Ironically, I switched to an unlimited fibre plan a few weeks ago, so it's a moot point for me now, but I imagine the option to manually choose your bandwidth will benefit other Lightbox users on fixed data allowances.

 

I'll be interested to hear if this is just development with the Samsung smart tv app, or whether it's a blanket upgrade.





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  # 1729237 3-Mar-2017 08:08
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Hey - this is actually a blanket upgrade that we've soft-launched over the last week or so. All models of TV, smartphone and tablet, and web will get it eventually (some manufacturers take longer to QA than others).

All feedback appreciated :)

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  # 1730554 5-Mar-2017 21:00
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On my mobile it also has saver mode which uses up to 0.5 GB an hour.

 

Can set WiFi and mobile data usage independently .

 

Nice one.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1730560 5-Mar-2017 21:17
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Yep, iOS has one extra (lower) setting. This is due to the Apple player (HLS) allowing it.

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  # 1733240 8-Mar-2017 19:41
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Cool, this will make me more likely to use Lightbox! On 4G broadband too and the data cap is getting nailed.

 

Does this work on Chromecast?


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  # 1733261 8-Mar-2017 20:02
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Yep works on Chromecast

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  # 1750087 29-Mar-2017 12:56
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GeorgefromLightbox: Hey - this is actually a blanket upgrade that we've soft-launched over the last week or so. All models of TV, smartphone and tablet, and web will get it eventually (some manufacturers take longer to QA than others).

All feedback appreciated :)

 

 

 

Can we take this to mean that the native app for Apple TV 4th gen will also get this eventually?  As an ATV4 user on Wireless BB, this would be great news.


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