Wait, Is Satellite Internet About to Get … Awesome?

Wait, Is Satellite Internet About to Get … Awesome?

Let’s start with two true things. First of all, satellite Internet sucks. Second, we’re all gonna
be using it pretty soon. Woo-hoo! Now I’m kidding, this is
actually a good thing. You may have already heard
rumblings of this already, and it’s something that
I’ve mentioned in passing a few times on this channel. But, pretty soon, satellite Internet won’t be that thing that you get if you can’t get anything else. It’ll be the new cutting-edge technology that brings high-speed
low latency Internet pretty much everywhere, honestly. So, let’s dive in. (upbeat electronic music) Now, of course, don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoy what we do, but today let’s dive into the
future of satellite Internet. So, first question is, why does satellite Internet
get such a bad rap right now? Let’s talk about the state
of things as they are. Well, in a word, it gets
such a bad rap because of latency. If we wanna use two words,
we can say, data caps, but we’ll get to that in just a second. With latency, what you
have to understand is that with Viasat or HughesNet, the two major satellite
Internet providers right now, they have satellites that
are operating at 22,000 miles above the surface of the earth. That’s a long way to go. And so, when we’re talking about latency, we’re talking about the
time that it takes for data to travel back and forth between you and wherever it needs to go, or wherever it’s coming from. So, if you’re playing a game and you pull that trigger button, or if you’re watching YouTube and you want to hit the play button, it takes an average of at
least a hundred milliseconds for that data to travel back and forth. Usually, as most satellite
Internet users will tell you, it’s probably more like three, four, five, or even 600 milliseconds. Now, we’re talking
milliseconds, you think, that doesn’t seem like that long. Well, for instance, this
is how it would sound, if I were at a 600 millisecond latency. Not very fun, is it? So, you wanna bring that
down as much as you can. So, satellite Internet right
now, not great in that way. Then, when it comes to data caps, the other thing you have to recognize is that this is a single satellite handling everybody’s
data at the same time. And so if tens of thousands,
hundreds of thousands, millions of people on a single satellite, it can only handle so much. For example, Viasat’s current satellite has a max throughput of
260 gigabits per second. It was supposed to be
300 gigabits per second, but some little wire got bent or something in the satellite, and now
it doesn’t work so well. So, 260 maximum gigabits per second spread out across everybody, so everybody’s speeds get
a little bit slowed down, and the maximum amount of data
that they’re allowed to use gets brought down as well. So, that’s why everybody’s so frustrated with satellite Internet right now. So, what’s it gonna
look like going forward? Well, there are a lot
of companies out there trying to fix the problems
with satellite Internet. And the first solution
is, more satellites. For example, Amazon’s Kuiper
Project is gonna launch at least 3,236 satellites
that’ll cover most of the US, except for some of the more
remote parts of Alaska, where the caribou don’t matter anyway, ’cause they don’t have
the thumbs necessary to use the Internet. And then there’s SpaceX. They’ve got plans to
launch 12,000 satellites, and they’ve just gotten
permission to launch up to 30,000 more after that. So they’re going for a
more global approach. We’re talking about
covering the entire globe with satellite Internet. And it’s not just about more satellites, it’s about a lower orbit as well. So, like I said, that HughesNet, Viasat, those satellites right now, they’re at 22,000 miles above
the surface of the earth. These ones are gonna be
more like 375 on average. And so, if latency, let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that your latency is at 300 milliseconds at 22,000 miles above the earth, then bringing it down to 375 miles could cut it theoretically
to about, one millisecond, or two milliseconds, again theoretically. In practice, what that means is, let’s say, it went from 300, let’s do that exercise again, this is what I sound like
at 300 milliseconds latency, and then I cut it down to three, now I’m at three, you can’t really tell that there’s any latency at all, can you? Now, as far as how you
are receiving this data, that’s gonna look awfully familiar. You’ll have a terminal, a user terminal, which is code for the 18 inch
satellite dish on the surface, and that’s how you’re
gonna receive this data. OneWeb, is a company that’s
also launching satellites. They’ve filed an
application for 1.5 million user terminals in the US, and then SpaceX has
filed their application for 1 million of those user terminals. So that part will be pretty familiar. So who’s doing all of this, and when are they gonna do it? Well, there are a few
players in the space. I’ve already mentioned
SpaceX, Amazon, and OneWeb. there’s also Telesat and LeoSat, yes, low earth orbit, LeoSat. Now, OneWeb and SpaceX will
likely be the first viable ones. OneWeb has launched six satellites, with 30 more launched by December. Those are their test satellites. But SpaceX has already launched 60, and so it’s likely that
these two companies will kind of be firing things up and really testing out the market by 2020. It’ll take a while after that before it’s widely commercially available though, so we will have to wait a little bit. So, why is it taking so long? Well, frankly, we’re talking about launching satellites here. This is actual, literal, rocket science. Yeah, it is more routine now
than it was 50 years ago, but it’s still a complex
and delicate procedure. So, they need to figure out the actual data transmission part, how to get you your Internet stuff, but also they need to figure out how to get all these
satellites into place, how to maneuver them
when they’re up there, and what to do if they fail. Do they use pressurized
noble gas propellant, or liquid ionic unpressurized propellant? So many choices, but I’m
sure you knew all that. – -Going through hyperspace
ain’t like dusting crops, boy.– So yeah, it’ll take a little while, but we should all keep our
ear to the ground on this because it is going to change the game. And not just for people who’ve never had reliable high-speed Internet, but for a lot of us who have, too. Here’s just one example: telecommuting is possible
right now, but it generally requires a really great
Internet connection. So, you can’t just decide
to move to rural Maine, or the middle of the New
Mexico desert for some reason, if that’s your thing. But once this is all up and working, I could be making these videos
from anywhere, anywhere. – -Able to be magically whisked away, to Delaware. Hi, I mean Delaware.– Alright guys, you know the drill, give this video a like and subscribe if it was helpful to you. Thanks so much for watching, and I will see you next time. Are you excited for Disney+? If not, go away. Well, nah, I don’t know,
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  1. Reviews.org says:

    As has been noted in the comments, I erred in saying that users would be using a dish to receive the signal — it would actually be an antenna. Even better! Thanks for the correction!

  2. Michelle Adams says:

    What will this do to the cost of getting the internet?

  3. Too-old Forthischet says:

    What about airplanes, storms, swaying trees (yes), etc.? My family and their friends live in an area where there are many storms. They pretty much dumped all their satellite internet for cable.

  4. CreamyBone says:

    I wonder if I'll come back to this video in 5 years from and say ….damn, what happened? 😉

  5. Intelligent Evolution says:

    Yeah… let's celebrate being bathed in 5g permanently so we can't escape. Real smart, stuff. Get a fucking clue. This isn't good.

  6. John Doe says:

    This guys doesn't know what he's talking about. 1st off. The cost of sending all those satellites in the sky is very expensive. Which will make the cost non competitive. 2nd if satellites were feasible then why is AT&T currently killing off Directv. It's because it's so expensive and their satellites are needing upgrade and they don't want to foot the cost to replace them. 3rd satellites will never be as fast as the wireless in your home. Just the same as your wireless in your home will never be as fast as an actual wired connection.

  7. Cnn is Fakenews says:

    Claims of it being a Satellite dish is probably wrong. The satellites are not stationary and aiming or tracking them is unlikely, more likely some kind of 360 bowl shaped antenna thingy like on old gps or on airplanes. Not to sound entirely skeptic but why is this better than a stationary wireless radio tower on the ground every 50 miles?

  8. Bob Kohl says:

    What about reception during storms? Doesn't work so well.

  9. Louis Subearth says:

    But will it go away if it's too cloudy?

  10. Katie Kelley says:

    Yes I want to review Disney plus

  11. stephen h says:

    This will end horribly.

  12. Brain Stem says:

    Thanx for a very informative video.
    Wonder how North Korea will block internet raining down on them?

  13. Bryan Maldonado says:

    Ware is the link for dis plus gig ? Anyway like your Chan

  14. Remlat Zargonix says:

    So how many of these new satellites will be expected to come crashing down to earth and how much liability insurance will these internet/satellite firms need to cover?

  15. Dave M says:

    DECAYING ORBIT BULLSHIT !!! when one lands on the kitchen table there will be mobs coming after you @!!!!! Satellite internet will N-O-T work for SHIT !!

  16. James Sanders says:

    So on top of all the millions of space junk up there now, we are going to add these thousands of satellites at a lower orbit and clutter that space too. We will never leave this planet.

  17. Space Cees says:

    No, because it is the expencive

  18. Jim Venable says:

    What will happen in countries like China where the evil government blocks almost all Internet traffic to the outside world?

  19. Dave Thomas says:

    Yes I remember in the mid 90s thay were going to call it ultra net thay were talking about it

  20. sugershakify says:

    Like Sirius/XM this is a money losing unicorn dream. (Perfect for Musk). The launch cost alone to get the needed satellites in orbit doom it to failure.
    But hey in world with Uber, SpaceX, Tesla, Sirius, Pandora, WeWork and the end list of companies that lose billions of $ every year, have NEVER made a profit, and are heralded as "distruptors" who cares about silly things like profitability.

  21. casanova419 says:

    I rather go back to dial up.

  22. weedsmith 93 says:

    So wheres Teslas Tesla
    Cant we ping off that

  23. Daniel Gutwein says:

    Well I have tried to fend off every type of internet provider. I do not want a DISH connected any where. I just hope I can get my internet through a solid wire not co-ax. so I hope good old AT&T will still handle my Radio shack pushbutton phone and my DSL modem. At an amazing 3 MB download. Now if AT&T wants to receive the signal and send it to me by wire, Great

  24. Kelly Dardeen says:

    Hymn….? Have You Ever Tried To Watch A Live Video Feed From The ISS YEA ! Won't Be Holding My Breath !!!

  25. David weber says:

    Big deal it will prob be even more expensive then cable etc so why bother


    Fake news

  27. JustaDumbFarmer says:

    Great. Nevermind that all this global radiation will cause cancer like never before. But wait, think of all the profits drug companies will make selling all that medication

  28. BookCade NB says:

    Here in Merica, it's not uncommon to be paying ~$70/mo for less than 100 Mb "Cable" internet and even when you live in the same Town as the provider's Hub you still likely get no better than ~100 MS Latency. This after it went public a few years ago that the Internet division for Media Companies is as high as 97% Profit. Well no wonder, because our speeds are garbage for a developed Nation.

  29. DeLoreans garage says:

    I got fiber…. it's what will power Satellite anyways.. So I am set… Now I just need to upgrade switches and routers to 10gig

  30. SkyKing says:

    Where I live I can get 1 gig symmetrical with a 2ms ping

  31. Danaw0207 says:

    be honesty, you forgot that it will make AMAZON THE BIGGEST GOV MILITARY CONTRACTOR as well.

  32. DustyCowdog says:

    I’ll believe this when I see it. Maybe ten years from now.

  33. James Hooper says:

    What about the cost ? It’s already over priced for the service that we get.

  34. Brandon Wright says:

    Quantum computing will solve all of these problems instantly. 🙂

  35. Dave Stambaugh says:

    I will succumb only when it is no longer rationed at a really stingy rate. With my two wire I can use the inter net all month not just the first half of the month.

  36. james miller says:

    Sounds great, but I bet "clouds" still cause problems?(he didn't say) Had that with early Hughes, kind of hard to check radar for tornado warning when you can't get signal.

  37. Lord Gospodin says:

    And downsides of this project is? It's not okay to review something and not to analyse potential bad things. How about satellite pollution, space debris? If this 4 companies are working on it now then we can expect that China, Russia, India, EU Countries will make their own networks and what will happen to our sky?
    It would be fair to take everything into consideration.

  38. Mike scott says:

    Time to take down the xfinity thiefs. Please hurry.

  39. mlg779 says:

    The earth is Flat and there is not satellites. They are just sending the signal UP and bouncing it of Firmament (ionosphere). They will not cover remote areas because probably will be just high powered land antennas in Alaska. Just more crap and lies. probably 5G that anyway will affect peoples health and brain, but who cares about that when you can spy on people and they can find you anywhere.anytime.

  40. Mike Goodold says:

    The cost for Satellite Internet to the end user is out of this world… for now 😐

  41. Randomic Chanel says:


  42. T-CATT says:

    All that space junk, wow

  43. Natureboy Bryon says:

    I've been fighting with ViaSat for 19 months now. They keep claiming that my 80 bucks a month buys 12 to 25 mbps download speed, when in reality, on a good day, its only 650kbps! Even ytube lags and buffers. The only one worse, and more expensive, then ViaSat out here, is HugesNet!
    Wish there was a way to find out if there was a broadband 4g LTE out here that I could use instead. I'd drop both of these losers, contract or no contract! SMDH

  44. CW Roberts Tablet says:

    TLDR? 1. How much will this cost?

    2. Who will get it first?

    3. How much will equipment cost or lease be?

  45. Gary Sheppard says:

    30,000+ satellites? 
    Is anyone thinking Kessler Syndrome?

  46. grumpybill says:

    Awesome, now I won't have Internet every time it rains.

  47. skipbolance says:

    I’ll believe it when it happens. Had Nextlink service, it was lousy . Had drops in the night for 10-20 minutes of no service then it works. Not good for streaming tv. Switched to Frontier DSL 6 mpbs works good for streaming tv.

  48. Antonio Plaza says:


  49. noscrub bubblez says:

    why isn't broadcast like Tv? my 2 indoor rabbit ears get me 135 channels. thats a one time purchase of about $50 dollars. everything else is free, compared to$70 dollars a month for internet only? with all the stinking advertisements?

  50. Jumping Off The Cliff says:

    I’m pretty happy with the state of cellular based Internet. Between AT&T and Verizon I’m usually in good shape, but it’s always better to have options!

  51. Alex ware studios says:

    My friend has HughesNet and the latency is 600 to 700

  52. Terry Potter says:

    Dont get viasat. It blows even their "gaming" 100 mbps package

  53. Balsey Dean De Witt, Jr. says:

    If you do a speed test and your latency is more than 20 ms, your not getting the best transmission of data! 20 ms is the key! bluepitt.com

  54. Colin says:

    People forget, as we are told we live on a spinning ball earth which spins at 1045 miles per hour and at the same time shooting into the abyss of space at 66,666 miles per hour, how the heck can there be satellites 🛰 beaming anything down to earth, we are being lied 🤥 to, its all ground based.

  55. Kenneth Roberts says:

    Sounds like Bunch of trash above the earth

  56. Jason Jason says:

    Helpful video, Thank You!

  57. Snowy16 says:

    Are you a total idiot? Or are you being paid off by the corporations to do their dirty work? What happens when these satellites start slamming into each other? What happens when they die and add to the space junk? A piece of space junk as small as a nail can cause catastrophic damage when it slams into another object. If these corporations succeed with lackeys like you doing their dirty work, lower earth orbit will be nothing but a big garbage dump. The era of satellites and any kind of space exploration will be over.Then what do these greedy corporations do?

  58. annoythedonkey says:

    As Zevon said “I want to live all alone in the desert I want to be like Georgia O’keef”

  59. Jordan Chase says:

    I work on OneWeb and have been since early 2016, very cool to see it finally getting some coverage.

  60. Marky Mark says:

    Will it cause cancer like 5G is said to be a major cancer causer?

  61. Blair Rhodes says:

    Yeah…As if there is not enough man-made space pollution junk orbiting around our planet already!!!?

  62. Johnny D TV says:

    people say hughesnet is crap.;. i do respectfully agree and disagree… i've had some good luck, i got 4.5mbps on the throttled speeds but my lowest ping on record was 350MS!! out of 600ms… i also reached 50mbps on unthrottled speeds, plus i was able to game on hypixel a little bit with a few minor problems.

  63. Stoyan Balev says:

    Yeah, good luck with that!

  64. iworkout says:

    Don't forget underwater cables still carry most of the international data. I know it sounds old fashion, but I believe Google just put down more cables between the US and Europe?. Doesn't cost much once the cables are in place.

  65. Joseph Upton says:

    I've got ATT DSL 6mb per sec for $40 per month and I'm a happy camper. But I don't play games.

  66. Håkan Pettersson says:

    Amazon? Funny you mention them in the same sentence as spiceeks! So this must be bull if Amazon trust the tesla in space guy! https://blog.telegeography.com/this-is-what-our-2019-submarine-cable-map-shows-us-about-content-provider-cables Amazon is now building 3 new cables with their own name on them. Google, facebook and others does the same as we write.

    This is from 2018 and no internet is coming from satelites. BTW… A google search from Denmark to USA and back is 80 milli sec. That means you can do 7,5 google search from Denmark in 600ms. So your enthusiastic exampe does not seem like reality. Its way faster.


    And dont forget when Marconi bounsed the first transatlantic morse signal 1901 to the ionosphere and down to earth. https://ethw.org/Milestones:Reception_of_Transatlantic_Radio_Signals,_1901

    Dont you think cience have learned more about bouncing since 1901? TV satelites perhaps? Why expensive space when you can bounce for free?

    When thinking aboute it… Bouncing would be alot more easy if the Earth was Flat! But then the scifi movies only where scifi! But the ball wont let that happend.

  67. Jeff George says:

    Trying to figure out how satellites stay together and not break apart since NASA says the Earth is orbiting the Sun at 66,000 mph, while the sun is traveling through the galaxy at 500,000 mph, all while the Earth rotates at 1000 mph. These satellites must be amazing in space…LMAO

  68. Tom D says:

    There is some truth to this but other then that your full of shit.

  69. Ron M says:

    Next step – Latency via quantum entanglement

  70. Erich says:

    I just want internet that will allow me to download a hundred plus GB so I can play red Dead redemption 2 on PC. I got viasat and it will take FOREVER to download that game

  71. Fruit Cat says:

    Installation guy who came to update my satellite internet a couple of years ago said satellite would be getting better in the next few years.

  72. wonfeather says:

    Look. Satellites are not real.

  73. Jamey Mote says:


  74. Biodegradable Bill says:

    I have Hughes.net and I am happy with it but I live in the boonies and never play games or watch movies.

  75. Game Troller says:

    Meanwhile india broadband wire dug up by water department

  76. Briton Dean says:

    This would have been music to my ears a couple years ago. I live in very rural west tn and have dealt with viasat internet since I moved here 10yrs ago. paying over $130/month for 50gb of data before being throttled. but yesterday my electric co-op put the box on my house and in 2 weeks I will have fiber optic through them at $50/month for unlimited data and 1gbs of speed where this am I am at 2.2mbps

  77. Neil Watkins says:

    I've been using ViaSat well over a year now. I had some issues with it in the beginning, but all in all I am pretty pleased with it now. I get a latency of 600 milliseconds pretty consistently. But I get Max speeds of between 30 – 50 Mbps. Here's a little hint. Sign up with open DNS if you're on satellite internet

  78. Stephanie Decoteau-Wood says:

    So just like Satellite tv and there is a blizzard outside Nope sorry?!

    read a book….

  79. D4rk50ul-v2 says:

    I get 40 ping on a satellite? connection, 25/5 connection that always delivers its max speed. It's offered by a local company.

  80. James Antoine says:

    22000 miles above the earth??? Who are you kidding??

  81. Stewart Brown says:

    What is this darned internet thing I keep hearing about??

  82. Hector G. says:

    The internet should be free, period.

  83. Arturo J Sabina says:

    I live in the Philippines and the internet here is the worse. I been trying to find a service that works here.

  84. DrDread says:

    I can't wait to tell Spectrum to kiss my Lilly blue Smurf parts. 🥶

  85. imtypingwords 41 says:

    Soooo… Project still believe in satellites in space? Shame…. Come on people.

  86. Todd Hart says:

    Who cares it sucks it's expensive it lags and I'm sick and tired of buffering during the best parts of watching porn it's like you got to stop in mid stroke and wait for it to start

  87. Mark Deibert says:

    This all sounds great until a bit of cloud cover passes overhead and you completely lose internet for hours

  88. Jamie Panetta says:

    Seems to me that IF this really does work, it could not only make terrestrial internet providers nearly obsolete, it could in fact give cellular service a run for their money by using regular VoIP technology.

  89. gregory grimm says:

    Slow as molasses. Overpriced: YES !! Worth it? Only if it is the very last resort, as is usually the case !!

  90. Bigrolleo says:

    There is no SATELLITE’S time to wake up!!!!!

  91. woohunter1 says:

    Can’t wait to ditch Comcast, cable and internet keep going up, channel lineup goes down.

  92. Paul Noecker says:

    I can get fiber. Change my mind.

  93. imark7777777 says:

    Don't forget about installers that hopefully don't rip you off and install everything properly? And policies…. HughesNet was great so great that I switched my days and nights so I could use the internet during the free time Just because it was the only time that it worked and that was I think Gen 2…..

  94. Mark Rigsby says:


  95. Uday Paul says:

    You look like Brat Lee…an Australian cricketer….

  96. Ed APPI says:

    What will all these LEO satellites do for astronomy? " mostly " the brightest high speed man made object is the ISS, multiply that by 16000?? and will astronomy mostly be a thing of the past?

  97. Craig Holliday says:

    I live in the middle of the New Mexico desert. When is it likely that great internet with speeds of 50+ will hit rural America?

  98. John Mal says:

    Not interested not dealing with satellites. Every time it rains and I live in Florida it will go out. No thanks.

  99. psycleen says:


  100. King Bunny says:

    Please Install 1 satellite close to western part of India, i stay in this region and my ISP is a black asshole he doesnt let users watch porn and i am so wanting to watch naughty america once again..my net speed is 4Mbps its like 3g or 2g maybe

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