All Exede service plans (except unlimited data plans) have a new feature this fall. It’s called the Video Data Extender, and it’s aimed at giving you the ability to stream more online video using a lot less data.
All Exede customers will have this featured automatically enabled throughout the fall of 2017. If you’d like to check to see if you’re account has been enabled, just log in to MyExede.net.
Think of the Video Data Extender like one of those water-saving devices on your shower or sprinkler: It lets you get the same job done, only using less water. Or compare it to getting a more fuel-efficient car: You can drive the same speed to reach your destination, but you burn less fuel in the process. We think the Video Data Extender is a great tool to help you maximize the data you pay for and get more out of your service.
The Video Data Extender optimizes any video streaming over your Exede service to a screen resolution of 480p, which is DVD quality. The best part is that by having the Video Data Extender enabled, you’ll save quite a bit of data, making it less likely you’ll hit your monthly data allowance and have your speeds slowed.
Quite a bit! A typical HD stream can use 1.3 gigabytes of data or more in a single hour, whereas that same hour streamed in 480p might use only .5 GB. That’s data you can use to stream more video, download stuff or video-chat with your uncle in Australia!
It depends on two things:
If you’re watching video on a smart phone or tablet, it’s likely you’ll find the 480p quality to be fine for nearly everything. On devices with bigger screens, most content will still look pretty good – even on larger TVs. However, videos with a lot of action – like a sports event – might make the resolution quality more noticeable.
What types of video look good at 480p? See for yourself:
Typically, shows that don’t have a lot of fast movement or complex graphics look just fine at DVD quality. Here are some examples:
The Video Data Extender is automatically enabled, but you can switch it off if you want to watch something in higher definition. You’ll use more data, of course, but it’s a good option if you want to watch something – like an action movie – in full HD. We highly recommend turning it back on when you’re done with your movie so you can get the benefits of the Video Data Extender during the rest of the month.
By the way, if you do turn off the Video Data Extender, it will take a few moments for the higher quality to kick in. If you’re already streaming something, you’ll need to refresh your stream either by refreshing your browser or stopping then restarting the stream in another app like Netflix or Hulu.
The Video Data Extender is automatically enabled on all Exede accounts with the exception of unlimited data plans. To turn it off, you have a few choices:
Yes. If you don’t watch a lot of video or have one of our higher-end data plans, you might decide to turn off the Video Data Extender and leave it off. That’s up to you. Remember, you can always keep track of your data at MyExede.com or via Exede Text Alerts. With Video Data Extender disabled, you will consume data much faster.
The simple answer is a lot – video uses more data than anything else on the internet.
The video streaming to all your devices will be at DVD quality, optimized for 480p. The difference in appearance on your device’s screens will vary by device depending on the capabilities of each screen.
If you’re in restricted mode due to using your monthly data allowance, you can still toggle the Video Data Extender on or off, but your video resolution will be dependent on how busy the network is.
Unlimited plans have a specified video resolution that comes with each plan. If you’d like to change your video quality, you must change plans. You can manage this yourself in your MyExede account management portal.