Test Cathe Live and Our OnDemand Videos

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Cathe Live Boot Camp Workout  ClassWe know some people are reluctant to switch to streaming because they prefer DVDs while others are not sure if their system can handle streaming videos. We heard similar arguments and complaints back when we started switching from VHS to DVDs many years ago. For years after we first started making DVDs a lot of consumers purchased both our VHS and our DVDs because many preferred VHS over DVDs.  Over time the problems with DVD became less and consumers started to enjoy the advantages of their DVDs like “Premixes” and the ability to instantly go to a chapter point. VHS then slowly faded away and DVDs became the new standard. We expect this will now happen with switching to streaming too. We’re not trying to make people jump to streaming from DVDs yet, but you should at least start thinking about switching and start making plans as DVD’s probably only have a few years left before they are no longer viable to produce and sell.

Your success with streaming is really dependent on two main things:

  1. Your DSL or cable modem download speed
  2. Your computer.

If either of these two things are lacking streaming can be frustrating at times. We certainly understand and get this and developed this test page to help you find out if your system can handle our Cathe Live and OnDemand videos. It really doesn’t take a state of the art computer or the worlds fastest modem to enjoy watching our OnDemand or Cathe Live videos, but  there are minimum requirements. If you don’t know the download speed of your internet modem just go to speedtest.net and click on the “Begin Test” button to see what your download speed is. This will only take a few seconds to do. It’s hard to say exactly what  minimum download speed you need to be able to watch our videos, but the number is somewhere between 4 mbps and 10 mbps. But the only way to know for sure that you can play our videos is to click on the video samples below.

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 Test Cathe Live

After we stream a Cathe Live class we record two video files. The highest quality Cathe Video file is recorded at 720p HD. If you can  play the Cathe Live 720p video then you don’t need to test the 640 video below. If you can’t play the 720p Cathe Live video glitch free then try the 640 video. If you can play either the 720p or the 640 Cathe Live video without any glitches then you know your system can handle Cathe Live and you can safely subscribe as we always record both the 720p and the 640 Cathe Live files with every workout video.

Cathe Live 720 p

Cathe Live (720p) –  Click to Test

 

Cathe Live 640p

Cathe Live (lower quality 640 x 320) –  Click to Test

 

Cathe OnDemand

 

Test Cathe OnDemand

Our newest videos (everything since and including the Low Impact series) are encoded at 720p HD. Our older videos ( everything before the low impact series) are recorded at the same quality as our DVDs   If you can play the 720p  video without any glitches then you know your system can handle all of our OnDemand videos. If you can not play our 720p OnDemand videos then you may want to try our lower DVD quality videos, but be aware that you will only be able to safely view our older videos, not our newer videos.

Cathe OnDemand 720p workouts

Cathe OnDemand (720p) –  Click to Test

 

Cathe OnDemand DVD Quality workouts

Cathe OnDemand (lower quality) –  Click to Test

You can subscribe to Cathe Live  or our OnDemand Videos that also include Cathe Live for Free at:  | Subscribe |

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21 Responses to “Test Cathe Live and Our OnDemand Videos”

  1. Avatar for jodijodi
    jodijodi May 15, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    Great! Thanks so much for the opportunity to test the video streams! Hopefully I can get everything set up so I can enjoy it!

  2. Avatar for Jennifer
    Jennifer May 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    The test was extremely helpful. Thanks for posting this!

  3. Avatar for Becky
    Becky May 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    I think it is great that you are keeping up with the times. However, I currently don’t have a computer, nor do I plan to as the cost is too much for me. Please keep the dvds coming as long as you can!

  4. Avatar for Sharon
    Sharon June 2, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    It worked fine at the higher resolution! Do I need a streaming device to view it on my TV? Not sure how that works, such as viewing live streams on other devices.

  5. Avatar for Berneda
    Berneda July 11, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    I just signed up the other day. The first few days, I didn’t have any pausing with the OnDemand videos but know it is happening. How would I change my computer to high quality 720dp? I don’t want to have to cancel. Thank you.

  6. Avatar for Susy Reyes
    Susy Reyes July 13, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Greetings from Guatemala!!! Does the video on demand is available for people outside USA like me?

  7. Avatar for Cathe Friedrich
    Cathe Friedrich July 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Sure, you can access our OnDemand service from any country. You just need to make sure your internet connection is good enough to handle streaming.

  8. Avatar for Cheryl
    Cheryl July 25, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    It’s about time Cathe added streaming! If you can watch YouTube, you can stream Cathe. Now if she only added a free trial of even just 7 days, people would quickly discover that they don’t want to live without it.

  9. Avatar for elaine
    elaine September 20, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    I’m trying to figure out how I might steam to my tv since the room my desktop is in is too crowded to work out. Does it stream through youtube? I have Apple tv and Roku—-can either of those be used to stream the workouts to my tv?
    thank you

  10. Avatar for Cathe Friedrich
    Cathe Friedrich September 20, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    Apple TV is your best choice and will work fine for streaming our videos to your big TV. We have a video tutorial you can watch on how to stream using Apple TV on our Tutorial page at https://cathe.com/ondemand-cathe-live-tutorials

  11. Avatar for Jane
    Jane September 23, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Hi Cathe and team! I’m having a hard time signing up for Cathe Live.
    Can someone help?!

    Thanks!

    Jane

  12. Avatar for Cathe Friedrich
    Cathe Friedrich September 23, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    For assistance contact us at support@shopcathe.com We will be glad to help you

  13. Avatar for Vivian
    Vivian September 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Can I stream to a Smart TV, like Samsung? I don’t have an Apple TV.

  14. Avatar for tyrone
    tyrone March 10, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    hi cathy do you do personal training on the livestream or small group sessions, if not id like to talk with you.

  15. Avatar for Md. Ekram
    Md. Ekram April 8, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    Hi Cathe and team! I’m having a hard time signing up for Cathe Live.
    Can someone help?!

    Thanks!

  16. Avatar for Cathe Friedrich
    Cathe Friedrich April 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

    You would need to contact customer service at support@shopcathe.com They will be glad to assist you

  17. Avatar for elsie
    elsie March 26, 2016 at 6:35 am #

    I live in a suburban area of a major city & with both low and high quality during non peak-hours (for Live), it is very choppy and blinky.

  18. Avatar for Cathe Friedrich
    Cathe Friedrich March 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    I would suggest doing a speed test at a site like http://www.speedtest.net/ and then report back what the test shows.

  19. Avatar for Diane Darrell
    Diane Darrell April 6, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

    Can I stream the $19.95 service with the Amazon Fire stick, or does it only work with Roku?

    P.S. I’ve been a Cathlete from the beginning – the VHS 1st step video. Still love her!

  20. Avatar for Elsie
    Elsie April 9, 2016 at 6:47 am #

    Thanks so much for your help Cathe.
    The test shows 15.40 Mbps download speed and 0.88 Mbps upload.
    Is this good? I tried the Live test again and unfortunately, still seems choppy although not as much as before.

  21. Avatar for Cathe Friedrich
    Cathe Friedrich April 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

    No, 15mbps is not good. 25mbps is the minimum download speed to be considered broadband. Here in our office we have about 360 mbps for our download speed. We have people with less than 15 mbps that watch our videos without issues, but there are many factors that can affect your download speed. For example, if you have more than one device connected to your router your 15 mbps speed will be divided between your devices. Also, if you do a speed test at different time throughout the day you will probably find that your download speed fluctuates and may drop a lot lower than 15 mbps.

    Some things you can do are 1. reboot your router.2, Clear your browsers cache. 3. reboot your computer. 4. select the low quality videos or the low quality setting on our OnDemand player. 5. Call your ISP and have them upgrade your service. Depending on your ISP you may be able to get this done for free if they feel you may quit and go else where.

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