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Is Satellite Internet good for streaming?

You are able to stream with satellite internet, but with any provider or plan that has a data cap it is good to watch how often you are sitting down to do this. Generally you need about 3 to 4 Mbps to stream a service in SD on one device. If you are the kind of person who loves to stream in 4K then you can do that, but it uses up much more data. Jumping from SD quality to 4K quality will take your speed from 4 Mbps to 25 Mbps, that's 5 times the speed and 5 times the amount of data used. Many satellite internet plans offer lower data caps so it uses less data to use up your plan, but once your data cap has been reached your speed will be toggled to around 2 Mbps. This is only fast enough to surf the web and go through your emails. These limits are put in place by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to balance large amounts of traffic on the network. There is a large number of people who receive service off one satellite, so the speed of one person is throttled so others can have their access to high-speeds when their cap is reached. Viasat is a company that offers satellite internet. They have speeds that range from 12 Mbps to 100 Mbps.