Switch video to DVD or low-quality video
If you have slow internet every time you try watching videos, check your video quality. You can save a lot of bandwidth by switching to DVD video quality (480p) and skipping HD. Watching video in DVD quality will also save you a lot of data. For more tips, see our streaming on satellite internet article.
Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, and many other streaming services may default to streaming in HD or Ultra HD if it is available, unless you indicate otherwise in your settings. This will slow down your internet and burn through your data cap more quickly.
Viasat has a Video Data Extender feature you can turn on that automatically switches all video streaming to DVD quality. To turn it on, log in to your Viasat account and follow these steps.
HughesNet automatically streams in DVD quality. This works well for most video content, but has drawbacks if you’re watching sports or movies with fast action. You can temporarily change video quality to HD by using the HughesNet app to manage your video settings.
You can also adjust your streaming quality by logging into your streaming service and going to “My account” or “Settings.” To minimize buffering problems, select the lowest-quality video. It might not give you as many details, but it will stream more smoothly and save data.