According to the latest news, today, Ookla announced that SpeedTest’s iOS app can now benchmark your internet’s video streaming quality. The service typically checks general connection metrics such as maximum download speed, maximum upload speed, and latency. More or less, the new test focused specifically on video. It attempts to stream at a variety of resolutions and then measures load times and buffering.
Ookla explains that it added the new test to know how much of our time is spent on the internet streaming video. Its standard speed tests give a general idea of your overall network bandwidth. Ookla pointed out that internet service providers often “prioritize video traffic differently than other traffic.” This means the best way to benchmark video streaming performance is ultimately just to stream video samples since it “cannot be simulated across a network.”
As of now, the video streaming test is only available in the service’s iOS app. However, Ookla said it is coming to more platforms soon. During the test, the app streams a video at a variety of resolutions before listing details like your internet connection’s maximum resolution, and video streaming load time. Now, if you are still unable to stream video despite your internet speeds being fast enough to support it, then according to Ookla, the app will link to DownDetector to check if a service is experiencing issues.
SpeedTest’s video streaming benchmark is available in the latest version of the iOS app alongside a slightly redesigned interface.