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This article was published on May 29, 2014


Google can now shame US ISPs with its YouTube Video Quality Report, more countries to follow

Google can now shame US ISPs with its YouTube Video Quality Report, more countries to follow
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There are now fewer places for US internet service providers (ISPs) to hide. From today, Google is expanding its Video Quality Report beyond Canada, kicking off with its southerly neighbor.

The report shows you the YouTube video quality your ISP is able to stream. And if that little twirly ‘buffer’ wheel is a regular feature of your YouTube viewing, well, the report tells you why that might be and how you can improve it. It also displays the video quality of other ISPs in your area, showing which are HD Verified (at least 720p resolution),  standard definition (360p resolution), or lower definition (below 360p resolution).

Google says it will be bringing the report to other countries “in the coming months.” This also follows Netflix’s example, which has offered an ISP Speed Index for more than a year already.

➤  Google Video Quality Report

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