Test Your ISP’s Video Quality With YouTube Tool | PCMag.com

It’s super annoying when all you want to do is watch a simple YouTube video, and it’s taking forever to load. When this happens, you might be quick to blame the Google-owned video giant, but you might instead want to direct your rage towards your Internet service provider.

But how are you supposed to know, exactly, whether your ISP is capable of delivering crisp HD-quality video or crappy low-definition performance? Google has the answer. The Web giant on Thursday released a new tool called the , which lets you find out how your ISP’s video-streaming capabilities stack up to other service providers in your area.

The report measures the speed at which video travels from YouTube’s servers to your screen, and rates ISPs on three levels: HD Verified, Standard Definition, or Lower Definition. The ratings are based on anonymized data from billions of YouTube videos watched across thousands of ISPs.

Providers will receive a top-notch “HD Verified” rating if they can “consistently deliver HD video, a resolution of at least 720p, without buffering or interruptions.” A Standard Definition rating means the provider is delivering videos at a resolution of at least 360p, with “moderate” load times. Those delivering videos at resolutions lower than 360p that are slow to load and frequently buffer will receive the “Lower Definition” rating.

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