Google Inc (GOOGL) releases Video Quality Report to show how ISPs handle YouTube

Posted May 29, 2014

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and video streaming services seem are in the midst of some heated back-and-forth over bandwidth capping issues. To demonstrate how ISPs throttling bandwidth, Netflix started to release an ISP Speed Index report that ranks the best to worst ISPs based on video quality. Now
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary YouTube has created a similar report.

The Google Video Quality Report shows which ISPs in your area can handle an HD YouTube video feed and the ones that only lets you watch standard definition 360p video without having buffering issues. “HD Verified” ISPs have to be able to show HD for more than 90% of streams over the last 30 days. The connection speeds that can handle this kind of requirement is 2.5 Mbps.

Google is releasing a report based on your location. Right now, the report is not available for Detroit/Ann Arbor yet.