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05-01-2010, 07:49 PM #1
iPad Video Downsampled or Blocked over 3G
Owners of new WiFi + 3G iPads are noticing that apps are displaying significantly downsampled video or none at all over 3G data connections. Users have found much poorer video quality on the YouTube app and that ABC's TV viewer completely blocks video when it doesn't detect a WiFi connection. AT&T is so far referring all questions to Apple, and Apple is silent.
AT&T was contacted by TechCrunch's MG Siegler earlier today, but the carrier neither acknowledged or denied responsibility, saying only "thatís something you need to ask Apple." Follow-up inquiries seeking further information were met with the helpful clarification "itís just a question for Apple." According to Electronista, ABC is claiming that the reason why streaming over 3G is prohibited is a result of licensing and digital rights issues, not carrier restrictions.
Back in February, the US Federal Communications Commission reacted to the iPad announcement by expressing concern about wireless broadband congestion, saying that 3G networks were already "reminiscent of the congestion dialup users experienced following AOLís 1996 decision to allow unlimited internet use." As a result, the agency's director for scenario planning declare that " we must ensure that network congestion doesnít choke off a service that consumers clearly find so appealing or frustrate mobile broadbandís ability to keep us competitive in the global broadband economy."
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05-01-2010, 07:53 PM #2
Isn't it kinda obvious that you won't have as great a picture on 3G as you will on WiFi?Name? whereswaldo
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05-01-2010, 07:54 PM #3
05-01-2010, 07:55 PM #4
i'm sure when cydia is available on the ipad, there will be an app to fix that.
05-01-2010, 07:57 PM #5
This is not news,,, the iphone has the same issue,, why the ipad will be different.
I do not think it is AT&T restriction... cuz I have an Android phone in AT&T and I can view youtube in high quality just fine over 3g, But in the iphone it really sucks... The ball is on Apple's side...
05-01-2010, 08:13 PM #6
but a jailbreak could fix that
MY3G or 3g unrestrictor
05-01-2010, 08:47 PM #7
don't get all the fuss. my ipad nano works fine.
05-01-2010, 08:55 PM #8
Spirit will fix all these issues!!! And the wifi model+MyWi will fix those issues being you are always on WiFi.
05-01-2010, 08:55 PM #9
This is certainly a bummer, but as an owner of an iPad with 3G I'm not too worried about it. I wasn't planning on streaming any long videos over 3G to begin with.
05-01-2010, 08:55 PM #10
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05-01-2010, 08:58 PM #11
I think its a GSM 3G weakness, because video on 3G is always blocky on my iPhone and on my Pre and other EVDO(3G) CDMA phones that play youtube are crystal clear(even better than an iPhone playing youtube over WIFI).
05-01-2010, 09:17 PM #12
People are such idiots. This has been the case all along. The difference is so dramatic and noticible that you can't miss it even on a tiny iPhone screen. If you never noticed the difference between Youtube over WiFi and Youtube over 3G/Edge on your iPhone before, you are BLIND.
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05-01-2010, 09:43 PM #13
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05-01-2010, 10:13 PM #14
05-01-2010, 11:16 PM #15
what did people really expect over 3G?
05-01-2010, 11:30 PM #16
Video downsampled over AT&T 3G? NO WAY, I'M SHOCKED.
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05-01-2010, 11:30 PM #17
05-02-2010, 12:24 AM #18
The problem is that we don't live in a magical fairy land where networks have unlimited bandwidth and everyone can max out they're connections everywhere without having to worry about the other 80-100 million people they have to share said services with.
These limitations suck but are in place for a reason.
05-02-2010, 01:44 AM #19
05-02-2010, 02:38 AM #20