Streaming entertainment is more convenient than juggling Blu-ray and DVD discs, but it demands a fast pipe to your internet service provider, or ISP. For instance, Netflix recommends download speeds of at least 3Mbps for the best video quality, while Apple suggests 8Mbps for streaming 1080p content from iTunes. In most of the country, getting these broadband speeds means signing up for one of two kinds of internet connection: DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) or cable.
Ladies and gentlemen, the all-you-can-eat buffet is now closed. After capping wireless data plans without too much uproar, telco AT&T will begin doing the same with DSL and U-verse customers effective May 2.