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Cable: TV vs. Internet speed

by Harwood2 / July 28, 2013 2:31 AM PDT

I understand that the quality of HD streaming video depends on the speed of your Internet connection. From what I've read, you need something above 5 Mbs to get good quality streaming HD.

My question: Are cable TV channels limited to the Internet connection speed?

To put it a different way: My cable provider offers several Internet plans. Right now I get a solid 3 Mbs. If I upgraded to a plan that gave me, say, 6 Mbs, I assume I would get better quality streaming video. But would this also improve the quality of cable TV channels?

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As far as I know,
by Oldartq / July 28, 2013 3:30 AM PDT

cable tv do not depend on internet speed because it doesn't use the internet. Would quality be better? I would think as long as it meets the minimum requirement then any above that shouldn't make any difference. That's what I think.

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No, quality won't change- but if you bought a bundle...
by Pepe7 / July 28, 2013 6:48 AM PDT

..e.g. cable TV & internet package, you might be able to upgrade both simultaneously for a more economical price. Also, the triple play deals tend to give the best combination of speed/pricing/selection if you can afford all three. I understand that many folks tend to want to 'cut the cord' though. YMMV.

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Mainly want to know about cable channel quality
by Harwood2 / July 28, 2013 8:20 AM PDT

I didn't know whether cable (TV) speed and Internet connection speed were related. If I understand you correctly, they are not. I could upgrade my Internet speed but it would not affect the quality of the HD (non-streaming) cable video.

Thanks for that.

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They are on different frequencies
by Pepe7 / July 28, 2013 12:31 PM PDT

That's where the rubber hits the road Wink

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