A few questions to anyone who has used Gamecenter before: How great is the picture quality compared to watching it on TV in HD, and is it choppy or relatively smooth? Does anybody have any experience with streaming it through an Xbox360? My current internet connection is 30 Mbits down/10 Mbits up, Do you think I would be able to acceptably stream the games in HD?
Although I live in Switzerland, I had gamecenter the whole season last year. I used it on my Iphone, via Apple-TV onto my HD-Ready flat-screan.
- Gamecenter did not work only one or two times. Might also have been a network issue and nothing to do with gamecenter itself. Besides that I was able to watch every single game I wanted to watch, and I also watched lots of games with teams with swiss players.
- TV quality is unfortunately bad with gamecenter and iphone/apple tv. quality was way off HD, it looked like a TV with 20 years of age. A friend of mine had gamecenter used over his PS3 and he told me that quality was really close to HD, his picture really was much better (over PS3) than mine (iphone/apple-tv). I do not have any knowledge on streaming on Xbox, but I assume it is similar to PS3. But if you want HD-Quality Iphone/Apple-TV should not be your solution.
- In regard of BW. Also for this in the USA it might be slightly different, but since I work for a telco-provider offering TV over internet i can tell you: a standard televised channel needs about 6MB bandwidth, a HD-Channel needs about 12-14MB of Bandwidth. Altough this might vary in the USA, I'm pretty sure that also in the USA, a HD-Channel won't need 30MB BW.
- Oh and last but not least. I just upgraded my gamecenter. Still had last years app on my iphone, and I just had to update it for the upcoming season --> had to pay only 5 bucks
. Not sure if there will be more fee to come, but I don't think so.