CNET Editors' review
Even those with high-speed Internet connections often find Internet videos take time to buffer before playing. SpeedBit Video Accelerator for Mac tries to address this problem by accelerating video downloads, but with poor, if any, results.
While the initial program is free in a trial version, use of the full program requires a yearly subscription of $24.95. The trial version only allows video acceleration of SD videos. Upgrading to the paid version allows functions on HD video and acceleration of iTunes downloads. The program was small, but this did not translate to an easy installation. The process to install took time and required acceptance of a lengthy and complex user agreement. During the actual installation of SpeedBit Video Accelerator for Mac, which took almost a full minute, an error message popped up indicating a component was not installed properly. The program did start normally after the installation ended.
There really was no interface other than an icon on the top menu because the program works in the background when it detects video downloads. Operating with a high-speed Internet connection, there was no noticeable difference in the download speed of standard YouTube videos. The free version of the program is of limited use since most streaming problems occur with larger, HD videos, requiring the paid version. With the lack of functioning on SD videos, paying a yearly fee does not seem justified, at least for those with a high-speed connection.
With no noticeable difference and lack of functionality in the trial version, SpeedBit Video Accelerator for Mac might not be the solution for those frustrated by video buffering.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of SpeedBit Video Accelerator for Mac 220.127.116.11.
SpeedBit Video Accelerator for Mac is a ground breaking application that lets Mac users enjoy the world of internet video without long frustrating waits. Video Accelerator provides for fast streaming of web videos from over 165 video sites. Additionally, SpeedBit Video Accelerator provides blazing fast iTunes downloads speeds, letting you enjoy all your iTunes music, movie, and TV Show purchases even faster. Video Accelerator is powered by SpeedBit's unique patented technology. Videos are streamed from multiple sources simultaneously ensuring the fastest loading and the most enjoyable user experience. SpeedBit Video Accelerator supports not only the leading video site, but over 165 video sites such as Yahoo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Facebook, MySpace, Vimeo, 5min, Veoh, Grouper, Stage 6, AOL Video, Bebo, Break, EA, ESPN and many more. New sites are being added on a continual basis.
What's new in this version: Support for latest OSx
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"DON'T USE if you don't buy, it ruins your configuration"
Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 18.104.22.168
There might have been a slight increase when using wireless.
When you use their uninstaller they ruin your settings in such a way as to make your next downloads seem like you back on a modem.
I originally downloaded this because I was using my wireless network at the house to download movies and they were taking too long. I downloaded the trial to see if it would make a difference and it may have made a slight one but was still dragging. So i connected my mac directly to the router and the movie downloaded at about 100 times the rate. Since I was getting such superior performance I just decided to keep using the ethernet on my desktop and download huge file from there. When the trial for speedbit ran out I just decided to uninstall it as it did not make a big difference and speed was no longer an issue. Once I used their uninstall utility however and went back to my browser, I could not even watch a you tube video much less download a movie. These guys tweaked things so badly I was having Atari 800 flash backs on my old 300 baud modem. These jackballs purposely messed up all my settings. I ended up going to apples site and finding a freeware app on there and it completely adjusted things back. These guys obviously try to make things so bad, you are tempted to reinstall their "miracle product" immediately, dont. Forgive the long post but these guys deserved it. Look elsewhere.
"Comp still two slow (350hz) not good test"
Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 22.214.171.124
some speed enhancement
out of sync audio/video
Bad video card. slow computer i'll try again upon upgrade...