Would improving my monitor or graphics card improve my streaming quality?

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Found 17th May 2009
I watch the occasional footie match on my pc with an OK quality stream, but a recent bbc new article showed some games being streamed and the quality was far superior to the ones i were watching even thought they were using the same site, so was wondering what i could do to improve my picture?


cheers

ps sky is not an option! i have setanta and go to watch games in my local pub (11miles away is the nearest with sky )

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A lot of it is down to your broadband connection, who are you with?

Original Poster

clondikemike;5240236

A lot of it is down to your broadband connection, who are you with?



orange, my area can only have 2meg and with speed tests its running very slightly under that

I dont think making either of these better would help, your internet connection would help if it was increased and maybe your GPU card (but I doubt that would help)

Chuckles1001;5240247

I dont think making either of these better would help, your internet … I dont think making either of these better would help, your internet connection would help if it was increased and maybe your GPU card (but I doubt that would help)



True, i was having problems with bbc iplayer recently,i im wireless with Virgin and i get about 6 meg download, recently they have tweaked iplayer and it doesnt do the usual buffer problems anymore,

What are your up & down speeds?

Try using

speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/

I like the interface:thumbsup:

chrisharry12345;5240244

orange, my area can only have 2meg and with speed tests its running very … orange, my area can only have 2meg and with speed tests its running very slightly under that



2 meg should be ok to stream tbh, wouldnt be 100% smooth

Download Speed: 3104 kbps (388 KB/sec ) Upload Speed: 219 kbps (27.4 KB/sec )

this is my results, what would you guess my connection @.

milewide;5240541

Download Speed: 3104 kbps (388 KB/sec ) Upload Speed: 219 kbps (27.4 … Download Speed: 3104 kbps (388 KB/sec ) Upload Speed: 219 kbps (27.4 KB/sec )this is my results, what would you guess my connection @.



Are you wired? and who is your isp?

wired and sky

So what do they claim, isnt it 8meg?

2 basic, 5 mid and 10 max, i'm sure, just going by these results what package would you say i was on??

10max

correct, so are those test results normal for having that speed, as i was expecting (not understanding these things, you understand) either one of those to read 10 meg, realisticley maybe 6-8meg.

Original Poster

download speed 1951kpbs
upload speed 243kbs

Original Poster

i read before you can get graphics card to improve videos, just that not reakky apply to streaming then?

It all depends on what stream you're watching, take this match for example;

]Pachuca v Jaguares

The higher the bitrate the higher the quality

If you speed is only 388 KB/sec then go with a bit rate lower than that, if you want a better quality stream upgrade your broadband.

I've just done mine and it is 879.4 KB/sec at the moment and I can play most streams.

Some programs are just better quality anyway, media player links like JustinTV are generally rubbish, Sopcast and TVants are good, Veetle is excellent.

I wouldn't bother upgrading your monitor or graphics card but it's worth a mention that when I connect my PC to my TV the picture on the TV always looks much better.
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