Earlier this year, Google introduced its Video Quality Report that measures the performance of your Internet Service Provider based on YouTube content playback. At the time, Google’s project was only available for users in Canada. Four months later, the company is sharing that its Video Quality Test will now be available to users in the United States as well…
“Starting today, if you’re in the U.S., you can use the Google Video Quality Report to see the level of video quality your Internet service provider can play YouTube. If you’re regularly seeing videos buffer, this report can give you a better idea of why, as well as tips to make YouTube play better. You can also see the video quality other ISPs in your area are delivering, based on these levels:
HD Verified: If your provider can consistently deliver HD video, a resolution of at least 720p, without buffering or interruptions–it’s HD Verified.
Standard Definition: If you can watch videos at a resolution of at least 360p, your provider is delivering Standard Definition.
Lower Definition: If videos load slowly or frequently buffer, even at resolutions lower than 360p, your provider is delivering Lower Definition performance.”
As part of the campaign, Google has a handy interactive graphic that illustrates the process of serving up YouTube videos to your device. Google says its report feature will continue to expand to countries beyond the United States and Canada “in the coming months”. Check out the site here.