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tcwatkins

join:2005-04-28
Silver Spring, MD

[Northeast] FIOS and Amazon Streaming

Only saw this topic mentioned once in passing on here. I have the 50/25 plan and stream HD movies from Amazon to my Blu-ray player. Amazing image quality. Lately I've been having slow downs in streaming from like 18 mbps to 0.4, and it says contact my ISP. I've hopped online on my PC and did a speed test during a slowdown and got like 52/24. I also tried Netflix and got perfect streaming. After a couple weeks of this I called Amazon, who told me to unplug and replug in the Blu-ray player. It worked for about 10 minutes then went down again. Called Amazon again and the basically said it's FIOS fault and Netflix streams at a much lower speed so they aren't affected.

Does anyone else have similar problems? Is Amazon full of BS or is this some sort of a peering issue. Anyone have any suggestions?

Tia. Tim



Onedollar

join:2001-08-27
Pomona, CA
kudos:6

When it slows on your bluray stream, can you stream on the pc and get similar results?


tcwatkins

join:2005-04-28
Silver Spring, MD

Good question, next time it does it I'll see.


tcwatkins

join:2005-04-28
Silver Spring, MD

Strange. My HD stream drops down from around 10-20 to 0.4 but I can stream it ok to my iPad through the Amazon app, probably SD, while the Blu-ray player Amazon player is still trying to load. So does this mean it may be a problem with the Blu-ray player, not the FIOS connection or the Amazon server?



Onedollar

join:2001-08-27
Pomona, CA
kudos:6
reply to tcwatkins

I would recommend testing more devices and see if you see similar results. Problem with a blu ray player is there is no gui to troubleshoot like a pc.

Are there any other stream services besides amazon on the blu ray player? That could help eliminate hardware related problems


guppy_fish
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join:2003-12-09
Lakeland, FL
kudos:2
reply to tcwatkins

The BlueRay player probably has almost no memory for buffering, where as a PC or tablet has gigabytes. So on the BlueRay, if there is a momentary slow down, its effected, on PC's it buffered minutes ahead and is not effected



danclan

join:2005-11-01
Midlothian, VA

Bluray players have anywhere from 512MB to 8gb of buffering as well, the blu-ray readers are still notoriously slow and the buffer is required for smooth play back.


SIOYGYG

join:2011-01-08
Charlotte, NC

Ditch the blu-ray player and get a PS3


JoeSchmoe007
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join:2003-01-19
Brooklyn, NY
Reviews:
·Optimum Online
reply to tcwatkins

said by tcwatkins:

Good question, next time it does it I'll see.

If your player supports it - try Vudu (100% pay-per-view, no monthly charges). Their HDX stream uses even more bandwidth than Amazon HD (on my Sony BD player).

guppy_fish
Premium
join:2003-12-09
Lakeland, FL
kudos:2
Reviews:
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reply to danclan

Not a chance, you would be lucky if the entire main memory of a BlueRay player is 512MB, which the kernel / os uses most of it.

A common work-a-round is to use an external USB memory stick, most BlueRay players that stream Netflix and other services support this, my LG does and recommends a 2GB stick for this very reason

»www.amazon.com/NetFlix-Streaming···02PHM0XQ

»www.avsforum.com/t/1399371/do-al···ers-suck

»forum.vudu.com/showthread.php?77···uffering