Its common knowledge (or should be) that the speed of your internet connection is crucial for webcasting through any online streaming service. This applies both to your upload speed (the rate at which you can transmit information out) and your viewers’ download speed (the rate at which they can pull in and view the video you are streaming).
There are a lot of myths and false notions floating around the world wide web regarding the value of Internet speeds. Naturally your ISP (Internet Service Provider like Telus, Shaw, Rogers, etc.) will always provide you with a best-case figure when it tells you what your upload or download speed is, which is not always what it really is. In reality your effective speed depends on a number of variables that you may be unaware of.
Myths and information about Internet speed for streaming video get tossed around as common knowledge and while some of these ideas are true, many others are not.
You need to know if you have sufficient Internet speed to broadcast smoothly without any glitches – in order to do this you need to understand how it all works. Here are some critical factors that will affect your Internet speed and subsequently the efficiency of your broadcast…