Streaming rides on FulGaz needs a faster internet connection than streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime. This is for two reasons.
Continuous Fast forward
The people with the biggest issues with streaming are faster bike riders. Sounds ridiculous at first doesn't it? However it makes sense because they're effectively playing the video on a slight to considerable fast forward all the time. Going at double the speed of the original video will require double the bandwidth.
One continuous video file
TV and movie based streaming services use a technology called adaptive bitrate streaming (which has been implemented by Apple as HTTP Live Streaming, or HLS). This involves chopping a video into tiny chunks then swapping between different quality levels depending on the bandwidth available. This is why something like Netflix can go very pixelated and compressed for a while (dropping to a lower resolution), then hopefully recover again. It can also stop and buffer any of these chunks and play them when it's ready. Because the speed of the video in FulGaz is constantly changing based on how fast you are riding, there would be a noticeable jump or pause between each of these "chunks" of video, so we can't use this technology. This means the quality level you request is the quality we send you for your entire ride, even if your internet can't cope. The effect of this is that your ride video will pause until it receives the missing chunks of video, even if you have already ridden past the video that is missing.
Recommended internet speeds for streaming
There is a huge difference in the internet speed requirement between different video resolutions. To reliably stream FulGaz you will need a sustained internet speed of roughly double the bitrate of the video file. Sounds complicated, but actually it's pretty simple. Let's see how it works for a 1 hour FulGaz ride.
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