If you enjoy watching videos from Google’s YouTube service you might be interested in a new reporting service that has been created and launched by Google this week that allows you to see just how good your ISP is at streaming videos from YouTube to your home.
All you need to do is visit the Google Video Quality Report webpage and it will automatically show you how good your ISP connection and home network is for the job of streaming YouTube videos. Although the Google Video Quality Report service is not currently available to everyone worldwide as yet.
Google explains a little more about the Google YouTube report service and factors that can effect the playback of YouTube videos:
“YouTube has a global network. There are multiple copies of YouTube videos in our servers all around the world, so we can start the video stream from as close to you as possible.
When you click play, YouTube carries the video data through its system to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) via the most efficient path possible. Sometimes, exceptional circumstances mean we may need to use a less-direct path.
We can’t do it alone. When your ISP receives your video from YouTube, they begin the important job of carrying it across their network to your home. They must ensure there’s enough capacity where they receive the data from YouTube. Otherwise, your video streaming quality will suffer.
In addition to congestion in your ISP’s network, your video performance can also be affected by the size of the ISP’s connection into your home, your wi-fi setup, and other in-home factors such as the number of connected devices.
Congestion on any portion of the end-to-end path will affect your video streaming quality, especially at peak times.
This can cause frequent interruptions and fuzzy picture quality. When everything works well, you should get a smooth HD video experience.”
For more information on the new Google Video Quality Report and to test your connection jump over to the Google YouTube testing website for details.