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I'm about to move to a place that has connection speed options that I've never had before.

Currently, I've got a 10mbps DSL connect with CenturyLink. That's the fastest I've ever had. I can't watch a youtube clip in 480p without letting it buffer first. I'd like a connection that I could actually stream a movie without much buffering.

For a good deal less, I can get a 8mbps connection with a "powerboost" of 20mbps:

Actual speeds vary and are not guaranteed. PowerBoost provides bursts of download and upload speeds for the first 20 MB and 10 MB of a file

For about the same money I'm paying, I can get a 16mbps connection. Do you think that is fast enough for a movie stream?

For about $30 more per month, I can get a 50mbps connection, which I think would be fine,

What do you think?
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i dont get it. i have a 3 meg connection and can watch 480p on youtube just fine without having to buffer. i do how ever notice that some times youtube doesn't use all your bandwidth available and makes you buffer the vid. as for choosing a package it depends what you do on the internet. personally i would get the 50 mbps if i would afford it, but you would be fine with the 16 for the same price. i my self am not a fan of powerboost (aka cable)
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16 mbps is more than enough.
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are you saying that you dont think 50 mbps is enough to watch youtube videos without buffering?
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I can stream certain vids fine at the T1 at work at 480p with generally no problems, and that's 1.5 mbit. Most of it is at the youtube level and indpendent of your connection.
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Personally, I would go with the 16mbps without the speed boost
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50 meg is plenty, however there are other factors besides the max advertised speed of a connection that may not let you take full advantage of it
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Thanks for the help. I think I'm going to go for the 16mbps.
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.....however there are other factors besides the max advertised speed of a connection that may not let you take full advantage of it
Well, I hadn't ever checked the actual connection speed I currently have. We pay for "up to 10 mbps, but that's not what we are getting - 1.4 mbps. It's very slow! I think I'm just going to order the 8 mbps and then maybe up grade from there.
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Well, I hadn't ever checked the actual connection speed I currently have. We pay for "up to 10 mbps, but that's not what we are getting - 1.4 mbps. It's very slow! I think I'm just going to order the 8 mbps and then maybe up grade from there.
wow if that is true i would contact your ISP because thy should be providing at least 50% of what your paying for.
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