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Premium Streaming vs Basic Streaming

The Spaghetti Detective streams the webcam in two different ways: Premium Streaming and Basic Streaming.

There are a few critical differences between the Premium Streaming and the Basic Streaming:

Premium StreamingBasic Streaming
Frame rate25 FPS (25 frames per second)0.1 FPS (1 frame per 10 seconds)
EligibilityPro subscribers onlyPro subscribers and Free users
AvailabilityAlways available, even when the printer is idleAvailable only when the printer is printing
Bandwidth usageHighly efficientNot so much. Use about 5x more bandwidth

The Premium Streaming is based on H.264 video encoding, which is highly efficient in network bandwidth.


The Basic Streaming is based on JPEG encoding, which uses 5x more network bandwidth and mobile data, which may be important when you are on the cellular network.


The Premium Streaming uses a great amount of resources on The Spaghetti Detective server, such as the cloud storage and the network bandwidth. This is why we can make it available only to the Pro subscribers.