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    Verizon Is Throttling Netflix?

    Saw this thread on Reddit and did my own testing confirming what OP saw:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/verizon/com...flix_data_now/




    Compared to with the VPN on:




    Will be keeping an eye on this and update accordingly. Also, those tests aren't even on UDP, so they must be doing it to all users. My plan is switching to UDP for the next cycle so I will soon be testing on that.

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    Noticing the same thing here.

    Must be new. I've regularly gotten 100+ mbps using fast.com










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    Same in NYC.

    fast.com is 10Mbit/s
    speedtest is 42Mbit/s

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    Is 10Mb/s fast enough to stream any type of video Netflix has?

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    Quote Originally Posted by new-toy View Post
    Is 10Mb/s fast enough to stream any type of video Netflix has?
    I believe everything but Ultra HD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by new-toy View Post
    Is 10Mb/s fast enough to stream any type of video Netflix has?
    Correct. I just tested it. 1080p works fine.


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    Maybe Verizon thought no one would notice the throttle if you can still stream anything you want. Sneaky and slimy if you ask me.

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    some people on Reddit brought up the point that fast.com isn't accurate but there's a problem when i'm on a 155 Mbps down link and fast.com shows 11 Mbps. Also HD video will work fine on ~11 Mbps but it's the principle that matters.

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    Fast.com seems accurate to me. The app displays the same speeds I get with the speed test app using my Wi-Fi. And then fast.com shows 1.5 Mbps (Verizon prepaid) and then when I use a VPN, it goes a lot higher than that.

    So it does seem like Verizon is throttling video services but to where no one can tell. Doesn’t really surprise me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by freakonomics101 View Post
    Fast.com seems accurate to me. The app displays the same speeds I get with the speed test app using my Wi-Fi. And then fast.com shows 1.5 Mbps (Verizon prepaid) and then when I use a VPN, it goes a lot higher than that.

    So it does seem like Verizon is throttling video services but to where no one can tell. Doesn’t really surprise me.


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    Verizon Is Throttling Netflix?

    Quote Originally Posted by sectime View Post
    You realize Verizon Prepaid throttles video at 480p? Since you know that it shouldn't surprise you.
    Yes I’m aware. Like I said, nothing buffers except Facebook messenger, which I don’t see a lot. I have Netflix set to 480p already so it doesn’t even buffer. Everything else adjusts to the data speeds almost instantly. As long as I can watch what I want without interruptions, I’m all set.

    But I’m referring to the throttling on postpaid.


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    Verizon Is Throttling Netflix?

    YouTube is being throttled to 10 Mbps as well. In the "stats for nerds" it would load at roughly 1,250 KB/s which translates to 10 Mbps. Put the VPN on and that number tripled easily. Didn't have an issue playing 1080p 60fps though.
    Verizon is probably seeing a good bit of load spike reduced doing this as videos buffering/loading can and DO suck up as much bandwidth as they can a lot of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GusHerb94 View Post
    YouTube is being throttled to 10 Mbps as well. In the "stats for nerds" it would load at roughly 1,250 KB/s which translates to 10 Mbps. Put the VPN on and that number tripled easily. Didn't have an issue playing 1080p 60fps though.
    Verizon is probably seeing a good bit of load spike reduced doing this as videos buffering/loading can and DO suck up as much bandwidth as they can a lot of the time.
    I just did some testing with Google Chrome's built-in data throttler in the dev tools and verified the data with Networx on my PC (network usage didn't go above ~1.6 MB/s). I manually throttled to 12 Mbps (about what we see on fast.com) and it's good enough for up to 1440p60fps with 0.2-2.0 seconds of buffer. So basically just enough buffer to have smooth playback but literally just enough. 1440p 30 fps was 100% fine, the video even buffered up to 30 sec. Same story with 1080p 60 fps, video buffered up to 30 sec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GusHerb94 View Post
    YouTube is being throttled to 10 Mbps as well. In the "stats for nerds" it would load at roughly 1,250 KB/s which translates to 10 Mbps. Put the VPN on and that number tripled easily. Didn't have an issue playing 1080p 60fps though.
    Verizon is probably seeing a good bit of load spike reduced doing this as videos buffering/loading can and DO suck up as much bandwidth as they can a lot of the time.
    Confirmed here too. 1440p videos are throtlled at a constant 9.59Mbit. It wasn't even able to keep up and buffered at a few points.

    So much for Verizon's stance on not throttling other traffic.

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