I've been contemplating this for a while, so can I toss in some more questions?
Are all the programs on-demand?
Are there commercials?
What would you recommend as an ISP internet speed?
Does anyone carry the Hallmark movies? I might miss those.
Programs are on demand. Commericals or no commercials depend on what you are using for streaming. Netflix and Amazon have no commercials. I believe Hulu does have commercials.
I would recommend at least 10 mbps. Netflix says you can get away with 5 mbps. We only have 1 mbps at my boyfriend's house. You can watch Netflix but it is painful. If you have anyone trying to do bandwidth-intensive stuff on the internet when you are watching a movie, it cuts out.
Amazon Prime pretty much shuts down on my set-up if it gets below 2.0 mbps, and gets cranky below 5.0. I'm not sure what Netflix Instant needs, but it is probably something similar.
Keep in mind that the wireless reception on your device is probably less that what the router is receiving, maybe much less if there are signal problems. I pay for 75 mbps, and the first router comes pretty close to that. But the
FIOS router has a lousy wireless signal. So, a stronger router is wired to it. According to my laptop, the ASUS router sends out over 50 mbps. Still very good -- if you are in the room. Wireless signals don't travel very well from room to room in my house -- probably because of metal lath in the walls. So, there is a signal extender carefully set up line-of-sight with the ASUS router. The laptop says that it puts out about 30 to 40 mbps. By the time the Blueray DVD player starts playing Amazon Prime, the signal starts in the high 20s, lowering to the high teens while loading. Unless there is some kind of bandwidth problem, in which case, the DVD player drops to below 2.0, the extender gets a red light, and I start grumbling. Still trying to figure that one out.
Bottom line is the more internet speed that you can afford, the better.