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Early adopters of SpaceX's Starlink internet say they are strealing 4K videos 'with zero buffering'

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Early adopters of SpaceX's Starlink internet say they are strealing 4K videos 'with zero buffering'


SpaceX has begun rolling out beta service of its Starlink internet to early adopters who reported internet speeds higher than 95 percent of the leading providers.

One user found the space broadband is ‘streaming 1440p and 4K with zero buffering’ and a screen shot from another customer shows latency speed of 38 milliseconds. 

An email sent to a handful of consumers last month attempted to lower their expectations for the ‘Better Than Nothing’ beta service that was said to have data speeds varying from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms – and warned there may be ‘be brief periods of no connectivity at all.’

However, initial connectivity appears to have surpassed expectations and CEO Elon Musk says it ‘will significantly improve soon.’

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SpaceX has begun rolling out beta service of its Starlink internet to early adopters who reported internet speeds higher than 95 percent of the leading providers. One user found the space broadband is 'streaming 1440p and 4K with zero buffering

SpaceX has begun rolling out beta service of its Starlink internet to early adopters who reported internet speeds higher than 95 percent of the leading providers. One user found the space broadband is ‘streaming 1440p and 4K with zero buffering

The email surfaced online about a week, which shows customers are paying nearly $600 upfront to receive access to the Starlink satellite internet.

The fee includes the $99 monthly fee, plus an additional $499 for the Starlink kit that includes the ‘UFO on a stick’ terminal, mounting tripod and WiFi router.

It has been less than a week since the email was sent out and costumers have already been using the service.

Twitter user Kenneth Auchenberg shared a post about his experience: ‘Results from a Starlink beta tester in Washington state.’

Bilklo Gramps opened the box designed with SpaceX's logo on the flap and an image of the terminal on the top

Bilklo Gramps opened the box designed with SpaceX’s logo on the flap and an image of the terminal on the top

‘Streaming 1140p and 4K with zero buffering on YouTube.’

Musk spotted the tweet, which shows an image of the terminal and a screenshot of the Screentest in the companion app.

‘Latency will improve significantly soon. Bandwidth too,’ the CEO commented.

Auchenberg explained on Reddit that the terminal is atop his roof and has been ‘getting steady high speeds.’

‘Noticed a couple of interruptions, probably from satellite transitions, but almost 100% steady since initial setup,’ reads the post.

‘I actually uploaded this post using Starlink.’

Another customer, who lives in Montana, shared a screen shot from the app that shows the service is providing download speeds of 174.21 Mbps and upload speeds of 33.40 Mbps.

The Starlink Kit has been kept a secret until recently and one Facebook user shared a video of what the black box contains.

Customers are paying nearly $600 upfront to receive access to the Starlink satellite internet. The fee includes the $99 monthly fee, plus an additional $499 for the Starlink kit (pictured) that includes the 'UFO on a stick' terminal, mounting tripod and WiFi router

Customers are paying nearly $600 upfront to receive access to the Starlink satellite internet. The fee includes the $99 monthly fee, plus an additional $499 for the Starlink kit (pictured) that includes the ‘UFO on a stick’ terminal, mounting tripod and WiFi router

Bilklo Gramps opened the box designed with SpaceX’s logo on the flap and an image of the terminal on the top.

All of the pieces are color coordinator to allow for easy assembly and the router resembles that of 'a spaceship

All of the pieces are color coordinator to allow for easy assembly and the router resembles that of ‘a spaceship

The first thing shown is the system’s instructions, which are nothing more than black and white drawings for how to set up the components.

All of the pieces are color coordinator to allow for easy assembly and the router resembles that of ‘a spaceship,’ according to Gramps.

Musk had previously stated that SpaceX could rollout a beta service once it had about 800 satellites floating in low orbit and the latest batch has placed the constellation to nearly 900 devices.

SpaceX launched the first batch of 60 Starlink satellites on May 23, 2019 and today, the constellation includes 835 devices.

It plans to launch at least 2,200 satellites over the next five years in order to offer a global broadband service covering even the most remote areas of the world.

‘As we launch more satellite, install more ground stations and improve our networking software, data speed, latency and uptime will improve dramatically,’ reads the email sent to customers last month.





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