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At&T starting to throttle streaming video, unless you opt out.

Posted on November 30th, 2017 at 12:58 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

FCC: “Data carriers wouldn’t ever deliberately slow down or throttle other services…”

AT&T: “Hold my beer

  1. That’s not throttling. Throttling is where you restrict the bandwidth, which would cause high-def video to stall and stutter.

    This is real-time video resizing. They’re giving you a lower-res video stream so you use less bandwidth, on the assumption that you’re watching the video on a small-screen display.

  2. Resizing video is non-trivial. It must be decoded, scaled to a lower resolution, and then re-encoded (also means a reduction in quality). This requires a significant amount of CPU time or dedicated hardware. When you consider millions of streams, this is expensive. Seems like using that money to upgrade their bandwidth would be a better solution.

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