I tested the Viasat Unlimited Platinum 100 plan and was more than happy with the speeds. I also have a 100 Mbps Xfinity cable internet plan at my house, and the two plans performed similarly when it came to loading email or streaming video. The only noticeable difference was it took content just a little longer to load on the Viasat connection than on my Xfinity connection.
For example, while streaming a movie on Prime Video on my phone, the playback was fine unless I wanted to rewind or fast forward. Whenever I did that, it just took a little longer to load than I was used to on my Xfinity connection, which we can attribute to the latency inherent to satellite internet.
If you pick a Viasat plan with speeds of 25 Mbps, 50 Mbps, or 100 Mbps, your Viasat internet service can support video streaming (as long as you don’t run out of data). Speeds over 25 Mbps can even support several people browsing the internet at the same time or streaming on a few devices (although this will eat up your data quickly).
That all said—keep in mind that Viasat's fastest speeds aren’t available everywhere. So you’ll want to find out which Viasat speeds are available in your area before you sign a 2-year contract.
Recommended Viasat speed
For most households, we’d recommend getting at least a 25 Mbps internet plan. Viasat’s 12 Mbps plans can be serviceable if you just need the internet for basic tasks like emails, but they can’t handle more than several internet users at the same time. And Hughesnet's cheapest 25 Mbps plan give you more speed for around the same price, so Viasat's 12 Mbps just aren't usually worth it.
Check out our recommended download speeds for more tips on figuring out how much internet speed and data your household needs.