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How much bandwidth would I need to live stream 720p/1080p video and audio?

asked Feb 04 '13 at 03:02

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edited Feb 04 '13 at 03:59

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Fogarty ♦♦

I've heard that to stream at 1080p you want about 5/6mbps upstream, 720p will need about 20% less roughly

answered Feb 04 '13 at 12:22

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Tim Fontana

I love it when comments get deleted... Don't you?

(Feb 04 '13 at 12:24) trueb trueb's gravatar image

I love un-needed sarcasm, don't you?

(Feb 04 '13 at 14:16) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

well if someone is going to ask questions that can be easily goggled I do not feel the sarcasm is unneeded.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

True knowledge comes from knowing how to get more knowledge, it seems to me to be a disservice to just answer it without showing him how to find answers on his own.

(Feb 04 '13 at 14:27) trueb trueb's gravatar image

Except, the link that you provided forwards to this, which contains no useful information whatsoever


(Feb 04 '13 at 14:51) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

yes it does, on the bottom it lists different services and how much they need to stream. It would be about the same no matter how you choose to stream it, different codecs will allow for different compression rates, but it is all really the same.

If you are broadcasting from your computer you would need the bandwidth in upstream, if you are trying to receive it, you will need it in download.

(Feb 04 '13 at 15:16) trueb trueb's gravatar image

http://puu.sh/1XwaH This is what I get

(Feb 04 '13 at 16:01) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

FYI I did google for an answer but could not find anything

(Feb 24 '13 at 02:25) Lestat611 Lestat611's gravatar image

There is no definitive answer, each streaming service will have their own recommendations but from my experience, what I have said is about the optimal

(Feb 24 '13 at 06:12) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image
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I would say at least 4 Mbps. Minimum is about 3 Mbps.

Hope this helps.


answered Feb 04 '13 at 07:53

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edited Feb 04 '13 at 07:53

Hey Fogarty!

Do you want to watch 720p/1080p live content or do you want to broadcast 720p/1080p live content?

answered Feb 04 '13 at 04:34

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I believe what "I need to live stream 720P/1080P video and audio" says that he want's to broadcast it..

(Feb 05 '13 at 04:42) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

http://bit.ly/XFCPbd < This link should have all the information you need to answer your question...

answered Feb 04 '13 at 12:25

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