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Anyone Used an AT&T Phone For Video Streaming Via Tethering?

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:26 pm
by Apoptosis
For CES this year I purchased into the AT&T tethering program for my BlackBerry Bold and purchased a Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 for bringing live content from the show. I was thinking I could stream the press conferences and all that good stuff and since many of the press conferences are in areas with no WiFi service or really expensive WiFi service I figured this would be the way to go.

The speeds look decent through my phone:
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Anyone ever done something like this before?

Re: Anyone Used an AT&T Phone For Video Streaming Via Tethering?

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:56 pm
by Apoptosis
so far no good... I can't get video to play smooth at all using USTREAM.TV as a service. Ugh... This might have been a waste of hours and ~$150...

Re: Anyone Used an AT&T Phone For Video Streaming Via Tethering?

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:38 pm
by Major_A
Call me dumb but is this similar to using my Blackberry via a USB cable and connecting to Sprint's wireless network? Because if it is then the service is dismal.

Re: Anyone Used an AT&T Phone For Video Streaming Via Tethering?

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:20 pm
by ckthecerealkiller
Major_A wrote:Call me dumb but is this similar to using my Blackberry via a USB cable and connecting to Sprint's wireless network? Because if it is then the service is dismal.
It will be "similar" but we will have to assume Nate has full 3g coverage in the area. AT&T does have the best bandwidth but service can be a bit spotty here and there. The big problem with tethering is going to be the dismal latency. But still, those speeds look very good and I don't see why you would have a problem. I don't know much about ustream.tv but can you just put a large buffer on it to factor in the fluctuations?

Re: Anyone Used an AT&T Phone For Video Streaming Via Tethering?

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:58 pm
by little_tea_pot
Using my Fuze (via custom winmo 6.5 rom) I got about 2.9 down 0.56 up with 4 bars inside the house. However it won't sustain those speeds and quickly slowed to a crawl with follow up testing. I have steamed Hulu HD in the past, but its not up to it tonight. Maybe there is too much demand, or perhaps AT&T is throttling the connection.

Re: Anyone Used an AT&T Phone For Video Streaming Via Tethering?

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:48 am
by KnightRid
upload speed looks awfully low. that is like 384kbps. I know even with 768kbps on verizon dsl I still have problems even with lower resolution video through Skype sometimes. I want to try the hi-res 720p option in Skype, but i think it will be useless without at least 2mbps up speed.
ckthecerealkiller wrote:It will be "similar" but we will have to assume Nate has full 3g coverage in the area. AT&T does have the best bandwidth but service can be a bit spotty here and there. The big problem with tethering is going to be the dismal latency. But still, those speeds look very good and I don't see why you would have a problem. I don't know much about ustream.tv but can you just put a large buffer on it to factor in the fluctuations?
yea, we will just say "spotty" and laugh to ourselves ;)

I agree with the buffer - cant you buffer a LOT of it and then stream? It wont be true live coverage, but it would be better than nothing. I usually let all videos online buffer at least halfway before i play them just in case I drop bandwidth for some reason.

Mike

Re: Anyone Used an AT&T Phone For Video Streaming Via Tethering?

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:34 pm
by Velo:Sity
With significant buffering this might as well work. I really hope so- live coverage would be cool.