BT Throttling IPlayer During Peak Periods

Posted: Jun 2 2009, 6:22am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 2:41pm CDT , in Home Entertainment


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BT is the largest broadband supplier in Britain and the ISP stands accused of throttling the iPlayer, the popular video streaming player from BBC. BT also allegedly throttles YouTube at peak usage times.

According to BBC News, a customer who signs up for a BT plan at 8Mbps can see their actual connection speeds cut back to under 1Mbps. According to a BT spokesperson, the throttling of services is done to optimize the experience for all customers.

Customers on the BT Option 1 plan will find their speed for streaming video cut back to under 1Mbps between 1700 and midnight. HD service on the iPlayer requires a connection at least 3.2Mbps meaning BT customers will be unable to view HD content under the throttling scheme.

Via BBC News

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