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Fiber Internet and Streaming: The Perfect Pair

Paul Kaplan / Updated Mar 13,2023 | Pub Mar 10,2023

A good internet connection has become essential to home entertainment. Internet-based streaming services like Netflix, YouTube TV, and Hulu multiply every year. More and more people are choosing streaming over traditional cable or satellite TV.

Many streaming services now offer HD/Ultra HD programming that needs more internet bandwidth. Real-time online games also require a lot of streaming power from your internet connection.

If you want smooth, top-quality streaming TV or gaming, you should consider getting a fiber internet connection at home. Fiber internet is best suited for streaming due to its fast speeds, low latency, and high bandwidth capacity.  Fiber internet and streaming make a perfect technology match.

How Does Fiber Internet Work?

Fiber internet works by transmitting data using pulses of light through fiber optic cables. These cables are made of thin strands of glass or plastic that are bundled together to create a high-capacity data pipeline. The data is transmitted through the cables using a process called total internal reflection, where the light bounces off the inner walls of the fiber optic cable, ensuring that the data travels quickly and efficiently.

Because light travels so much faster than previous types of internet signal, fiber can transmit data at previously unheard-of speeds.

Fiber internet is delivered directly to your home through a fiber optic cable that is connected to an Optical Network Terminal (ONT). The ONT converts the light signals into electrical signals that can be used by your devices, such as your computer, tablet, or smart TV.

 

Fiber ONT converts light signals with image of router connected to ONT

Advantages of Fiber Internet

Fiber internet has several advantages over other types of internet connections, such as cable or DSL. Here are some of the benefits of fiber internet:

Faster speeds

Fiber internet is one of the fastest internet connections available, with speeds ranging from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps. This means that you can stream your favorite movies and TV shows in high definition without buffering or lagging.

Lower latency

Latency refers to the time it takes for data to travel from your device to the internet and back. With fiber internet, latency is significantly reduced, resulting in smoother streaming experiences for gaming.

Higher bandwidth capacity

Bandwidth capacity means the amount of data that can be transmitted over an internet connection. With fiber internet, the bandwidth capacity is much higher than other types of internet connections, allowing for multiple devices to stream simultaneously without any lag or buffering.

More reliable

Fiber internet is less prone to interference from external factors, such as bad weather or electrical interference. This means that the fiber connection is more reliable, and you are less likely to experience downtime or bad signals.

Consistent speeds during peak hours

Unlike other types of internet connections, such as cable or DSL, fiber internet provides consistent speeds, regardless of the time of day or the number of users on the network.

Advantages of Streaming Services

In recent years, streaming services have become the go-to for millions of people looking to watch their favorite movies and TV shows. Services like Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Peacock have disrupted the entertainment industry and changed the way we consume media. Here are some of the reasons why streaming services are so popular.

Convenience

One of the biggest advantages of streaming services is convenience. Gone are the days of having to rent a DVD or wait for a TV show to air. With streaming services, you can watch what you want, when you want, and where you want. All you need is an internet connection and a compatible device, and you’re good to go.

Affordability

Streaming services are often much more affordable than traditional cable TV. With cable, you’re often paying for fifty channels you don’t even watch. With streaming services, you only pay for the content you want to watch. Some streaming services offer different pricing tiers, so you can choose a plan that fits your budget. Many individual streaming channels cost only $5 a month. And individual movies ordered on-demand are often only $3.99.

 

Streaming services can be more affordable than traditional TV

Vast content selection

Another advantage of streaming services is the vast selection of content available. With streaming services, you have access to thousands of movies and TV shows, including many classics and hidden gems you might not have discovered otherwise.

With traditional cable TV, you’re limited to what’s airing at the moment. True, many live TV providers have added on-demand content including movies, TV and games. But streaming can certainly hold its own for content selection even against the biggest traditional TV providers.

No commercials

Streaming services sometimes offer the advantage of no commercials. With traditional TV, you’re often interrupted by ads, which can be annoying and disruptive. With streaming services, you can watch your content uninterrupted, often by paying a slightly higher subscription fee.

Personalized recommendations

Many streaming services use algorithms to recommend content based on what you’ve watched before. You will find this very helpful to lead you to new shows and movies that you might not have found otherwise.

Why Fiber Internet and Streaming Services are a Perfect Pair

By now, it’s pretty clear that fiber internet and streaming services go together like peanut butter and jelly. The fast speeds and high bandwidth of fiber internet are crucial for high-quality streaming. Buffering and lag can ruin your night when you’re trying to watch your favorite show or movie. Luckily, fiber internet minimizes these issues, making streaming a breeze.

Streaming services take full advantage of fiber internet’s capabilities, allowing for a streaming experience. Thanks to fiber internet, you can enjoy high-definition video, virtual reality, and 4K resolution. Plus, with fiber internet’s faster upload speed, you can stream your content with minimal delay.

Fiber internet’s low latency is also perfect for gaming and live streaming. No more waiting around for your commands to execute. You can play games or stream live events with minimal delay, giving you a nearly real-time experience. With fiber internet and streaming services together, your gaming experience is truly immersive and uninterrupted.

 

Fiber internet will support streaming virtual reality

Choosing the Right Fiber Internet and Streaming Services

If you’re lucky enough to have a choice between several fiber internet providers, there are a few things you should consider. You want to choose a provider that offers fiber plans that match your needs and budget. And top-quality customer service is key. You want a fiber internet provider with knowledgeable, friendly staff who can quickly resolve any issues that come up.

When you’re ready to choose streaming services, content selection is critical. Make sure the service you choose offers the type of content you want to watch. Check out how much of their content is free with your subscription, and how much might require extra on-demand charges. Monthly subscription cost is also important — you want to make sure the service fits in your overall entertainment budget. Device compatibility is also crucial. Make sure the service you choose works with the devices you want to use for streaming.

 

Make sure your fiber provider offers goos customer support with image of friendly customer service rep

Summary

If you’re looking for a reliable and fast internet connection for streaming, fiber internet is the way to go. With its fast speeds, low latency, and high bandwidth capacity, you can enjoy high-definition streaming without buffering or lagging. Fiber internet is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable. By upgrading to fiber internet, you can transform your streaming experience and enjoy seamless, uninterrupted streaming of your favorite shows and online games.

FAQs: Fiber Internet and Streaming

What if there’s no fiber in my neighborhood?

Fortunately, new fiber providers such as Brightspeed are building out fiber infrastructure at an unprecedented pace. Millions more households will get access to fiber internet in the next 5 years. This map will show you states where Brightspeed will be rapidly expanding internet.

Are streaming services available worldwide?

Most streaming services are available worldwide, although the content available may vary depending on your location.

Can I watch live sports on streaming services?

Many streaming services offer live sports. Some sports may require an additional subscription or add-on.

Can I watch local TV channels on streaming services?

Yes, many streaming survices now offer local television stations from your area, including YouTube TV, SlingTV, Hulu, Paramount+, and more.

Can I download content to watch offline?

Major streaming services such as Apple TV+, HBO Max, Netflix and Disney+ will allow you to download content to watch offline, which can be helpful when you’re traveling or have limited internet access. Whether or not you can download content often depends on the level of your subscription. Download permission is also based on individual title availability.

 

Fiber internet is low latency for real-time gaming

 

Written by
Paul Kaplan

About Paul Kaplan

Paul Kaplan is a content writer at Brightspeed Savings. He specializes in broadband connectivity, telecom legislation, the impact of broadband on everyday life, and emerging technologies that have the potential of making consumers’ lives easier.

Background

Paul Kaplan has been working in the telecom industry for the last eight years. He started his telecom writing career after participating in CenturyLink’s Internship program during his senior year of College. During the program, he was able to develop skills and knowledge in media, wireless, and technology industries. Since then, he’s been working as a telecom focused content writer at various tech start-ups around the East Coast of the United States.

Paul’s passion lies in leading global brands in the technology sector and helping create campaigns that narrow the digital divide and enhance the way technological advancements reach consumers.

Professional Background and Education

Paul grew up in the Midwest and attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. He started his professional career as a software engineer for small companies in the Midwest until he decided to make the move to Boston and pursue a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Boston.

Personal

Paul is a football fanatic and closely follows the Michigan Wolverines. Besides football, he enjoys spending time with his 3-year-old daughter and spending time taking her to get chocolate Sundaes in the winter. He loves to read and most recently finished the fifth book in the Game of Thrones series.

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