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Old 09-02-2019, 08:24   #16
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Re: Virgin Media tests 8Gbps broadband

Im hoping Virgin will Roll out a 500mb\30mb speed this year.

Im doing some online work with a friend that involves downloading files of 1GB+ at times so 500mb would be great for me.
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Re: Virgin Media tests 8Gbps broadband

As bandwidth has increased, we've always found ways of utilising it.

4K streams are still heavily compressed compared to their Blu-ray counterparts, but as 4K content grows a lot more people will consume it. 8K is next and even 16k will be not far behind - we'll start seeing that in the next 10 years or less. A 16k stream will consume well over 1gbit of bandwidth itself.

Of course, I'm not suggesting that 16k will be why we need 8gbit connections but it's just one example of a growing need for more bandwidth. Beyond sheer resolution, audio quality and video quality (likes of HDR) require yet more bandwidth. Technology marches on.
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Re: Virgin Media tests 8Gbps broadband

I'd like to see more flexible packages, IE maybe a 30Mbps upload with a 200/300 download, rather than having to go for the 500 down package just to get 30/35mbps upload.
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Re: Virgin Media tests 8Gbps broadband

I'd love 8gbps, And can think of many ways of using it !
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Re: Virgin Media tests 8Gbps broadband

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As bandwidth has increased, we've always found ways of utilising it.

4K streams are still heavily compressed compared to their Blu-ray counterparts, but as 4K content grows a lot more people will consume it. 8K is next and even 16k will be not far behind - we'll start seeing that in the next 10 years or less. A 16k stream will consume well over 1gbit of bandwidth itself.

Of course, I'm not suggesting that 16k will be why we need 8gbit connections but it's just one example of a growing need for more bandwidth. Beyond sheer resolution, audio quality and video quality (likes of HDR) require yet more bandwidth. Technology marches on.
It's the same when new roads are built to ease conjestion, they simply attract more cars and the new roads become conjested too!
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Nobody needs that speed 24/7, but when doing something like downloading a game having that speed means you can be playing 2 minutes after buying it, rather than an hour or more.

FTTP though, so not something most VM customers will get a taste of.
I find downloads off PS Network to be pathetic in my experience , they don't even max my FTTC connection out I've also heard many friends say the same.
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I'd like to see more flexible packages, IE maybe a 30Mbps upload with a 200/300 download, rather than having to go for the 500 down package just to get 30/35mbps upload.
Most of the comments on the 'connection' were along those lines, but the questions were always tone deaf ones which indicated virgin had no plans to offer flexibility and just want to ram tiers down peoples throats for eternity.

Probably why the connection was shut down fairly quickly, it was obvious virgin weren't hearing what they wanted to hear.
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As bandwidth has increased, we've always found ways of utilising it.

4K streams are still heavily compressed compared to their Blu-ray counterparts, but as 4K content grows a lot more people will consume it. 8K is next and even 16k will be not far behind - we'll start seeing that in the next 10 years or less. A 16k stream will consume well over 1gbit of bandwidth itself.

Of course, I'm not suggesting that 16k will be why we need 8gbit connections but it's just one example of a growing need for more bandwidth. Beyond sheer resolution, audio quality and video quality (likes of HDR) require yet more bandwidth. Technology marches on.
All true.. 20 years ago, you were lucky if your internet connection could handle a 320*240 Real Player video. Now we have resolutions that are over ten times that.
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