1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 23, 2013 8:32 AM by OvCollyer RSS

    Upload data rate required for HD quality viewing


      I am thinking of purchasing a Slinbox Pro HD (or 500) to be able to receive UK TV at my other home in Southern France.  As SES is changing satellite broadcast of UK TV channels onto Astra 2E this summer we will loose all our UK TV and Radio as the footprint of the new satellite will be more restricted to the UK only.   We have already lost Channel 5 when this moved to Astra 2F last December. 
      My concern about the Slingbox solution is the UPLOAD speed for viewing reasonable HD picture quality is higher than most UK ADSL connections.   I would use a media player (eg WD TV Player) with an ethernet connection to a router to view the received video over the internet in France on a 42" HDTV screen.  What ADSL upload speed is required to enable high quality HD content to be viewed at the remote location?

        • Re: Upload data rate required for HD quality viewing
          OvCollyer Apprentice

          Sling might tell you that 2mbps is enough but in my experience with a Slingbox 350 is that you need to be able to stream at 3mbps in order to use the Best (HD) setting for a component source coming into the Slingbox at 1080i/25, such as Sky+ HD.


          You won't get this with ADSL, the best speed you can get with ADSL is close to 2mbps via an 'Annex M' provider such as "Be", but more normally I think the uploads max out at a little over 1mbps with ADSL.


          So you basically need Fibre, something like BT Infinity or equivalent, or Virgin Media. I get a solid 15mbps upload speed with BT Infinity which is more than enough.


          Alternatively, consider renting a UK Slingbox - search on somewhere like placeshiftingenthusiasts website or Google 'Sling sharing' for other places where people offer rental services.


          If you can live without HD then a 1-1.5mbps upload speed will get you a pretty solid SD picture which is fine for most viewing, although since this will only stream at 25fps it isn't great for watching sport. For watching sport you really need the 50fps that Best (HD) gives you in addition to its higher resolution.