Aug 22, 2013

How fast of an internet connection is needed to stream Amazon Instant Video?

I was thinking of signing up for Amazon Prime, mainly for their streaming video service so I can rent new releases that I can’t get on Netflix. Plus I love me some Downton Abbey! At my home, I can’t get decent internet service though, the best available and what I have is DSL rated at 3Mbps, although reality is slightly slower than that even. Does anyone know if that is fast enough for Amazon Instant Video?


"How fast does my Internet connection need to be?
We support a minimum connection speed of 450 Kbits/sec but recommend a connection speed of 1.5 Mbits/sec or higher to get the most out of your online Amazon Instant Video experience. We're unable to deliver these high-quality videos online via dial-up and other slow connections.

To watch HD videos you need a fast broadband connection (3.5Mbits/sec or higher). Our 2.5Mbps HD files are streamed in high-quality 720p resolution. We'll automatically detect your connection speed, send you the highest quality stream your connection can support, and display the stream quality on the video player. When you are successfully watching HD, the stream quality on your video playback bar will turn blue and the letters "HD" will be illuminated."

 It will work ok with your service, but you will get low quality video, possibly even the lowest quality that Amazon streams. Although it will stream without buffer on a 2mbps connection, it's not going to look good doing it. Amazon isn’t as good as Netflix at streaming quality video, and it really shows with slower connections. Expect to notice it most with darker scenes, but it will never really look good until you get faster service. I don’t know how long you’ve had Netflix, but I’ve noticed their streaming video quality has gotten significantly better over the past 2-3 years. Expect the current Amazon service to look like Netflix did a couple of years ago.

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