The happy medium is a 20+ mb/s download speed, not 5 mb/s.
Larger screen video has more pixels to transmit, thus the need for faster Internet download speeds.
You can trade time for quality, instead of streaming you can wait and download the whole full screen video first, then watch it later.
Not all sites allow this as people will steal the content, and if your on 5 mb/s, you usually have a monthly bandwidth cap set by your ISP.
Absolutely, Marc... I realize that and I thank you.
I'm locked in @ 5 Mbps... I rent in the middle of nowhere (also known as rural Oklahoma). Thus, my options are quite limited. 5 Mbps for $19.99/mo. for the next year; at least for now.
Since ds store kindly set me straight, I'm diligently working on the alternative method that he suggested of downloading video files in their entirety; that is, if & when a website allows me to do that.
If a developer came out w/something that allowed users like myself w/capped bandwidth to select... say a 1/2 or a 2/3rds view; well, I would think that there's money to be made, no?
Otherwise, I know that there has to be a way to accomplish this, albeit using Snow Leopard.