6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 26, 2014 9:56 AM by Alley_Cat
Iremonger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I live in Ireland and unlike the US, we have quite slow internet with a national max of about 7mb (which is what I have)

How would the streaming work with this kind of network?

Macbook Pro i7 (2010), iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,300 points)
    According to this:
    http://www.apple.com/appletv/specs.html

    It sounds within the limits of AppleTV, once your iTunes store has the rentals.

    Note it says that MPEG-4 streams at 2.5 Mbps. 7 Mbps is higher.
  • Iremonger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Are those speeds, related to the stated internet speeds, or the download speeds? The usual download speed is around 600kbs for me, hit 1.3mps once but haven't got close since then.
  • Michele Gardner Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)
    Internet speeds - so you are good.
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,435 points)
    Iremonger wrote:
    Are those speeds, related to the stated internet speeds, or the download speeds? The usual download speed is around 600kbs for me, hit 1.3mps once but haven't got close since then.


    I have a fixed 1Mbps connection in UK, and I strongly suspect that for rentals, the new device will do what the old one did - in other words it will not let you play until enough has downloaded to theoretically allow you to watch the movie completely as the tail end of the film downloads in the background.

    I hope that the new device will save the rental stream to the device's internal solid state memory (8GB) to allow you to pause/rewind/restart/rewatch etc during the playback period WITHOUT having to redownload.

    If on the other hand it stores nothing, buffers a small amount, and relies on a fairly nippy internet connection to stream live, you, I and many others without high speed connections will be stuffed for rentals.

    Anything in your iTunes library however that's compatible will be limited for playback by your home network speeds not the internet.
  • Does_apple_read_these Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I have an 80 Mbps internet download connection and it took 5 hours to download a movie with standard definition from itunes with my apple tv.  It took 3 minutes when I used netflix on my ps3.  Where is apple supports response to these issues?....there are thousands of posts of people with the same problems!  Speedtest.net confirms my download speed is 80 Mbps!  I have reset and restarted my apple tv and download speeds of movies are still unacceptably slow!  My appleTV is connected to the internet via an ethernet cat6 cable.  What is the point of these discussions when Apple techs don't even read or respond to our posts?

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,435 points)

    They are user to user forums.  In the last year or so Apple has added some Community Specialists who try to help, but in general they won't know as much as many of the users here.