said by dvd536:I've never had them throttle here. I can get the top SuperHD stream from Netflix on my FiOS connection any time of the day, and day of the week. I have a couple dozen Netflix devices and they all work fine. They quickly ramp up to SuperHD and stay there.
fios has the bandwidth, netflix doesn't thats why they throttle.
Not surprized I don't know if it's a peering bottleneck, I know those are common with netflix.
Maybe Super-HD is overloading the peering ports.
But I've experienced this myself, several times during peak periods my netflix quality will plummet, last week I had a Super-HD title, streamings at 240p according to the PS3 information, It was a hazy and pixelated mess.
Speed test after about 30 minutes of this appeared completely normal. Well over my 50/25mbps advertised speeds
North Tonawanda, NY
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Re: Not surprized If you're watching Netflix on a PC, I would simply Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S and disable the auto quality adjustment. I do this on every player which allows me to adjust the quality for a few reasons, but it's helped a ton with performance in general when the player isn't having to switch between formats and qualities. To make this menu accessible from a remote control if you're using a PC as an HTPC, use something such as AutoHotKey to bind a button press sequence to the quality selection screen.
In the past, forcing the video quality on Netflix to be constant also gave me a progressively streamed video. Very similar to how YouTube used to buffer up before they started toying around and breaking everything with DASH. With that, I could select the 3500kbps bitrate on a 1000kbps Internet Connection, let the movie buffer up for 10 minutes while I prepare food, and then watch it uninterrupted without an issue. The movie would simply loading up the rest of the movie as I watched, or if I paused the movie for a few minutes to do something.
Re: Not surprized Mine almost never stops to buffer, but a movie at 240SD on a 47inch tv is just a horrible experience. When I have a 50/25 mbit connection, I shouldn't have to deal with that.
It's all in the peering It seems most ISPs have been allowing Netflix either direct peers or to even host a Netflix CDN proxy directly on their backbone.
Verizon still refuses to do this and usually does not direct peer with Netflix. Same with Youtube. It's been discussed pretty thoroughly on the FiOS forums and stirred quite a debate if Verizon or Netflix should pay for the peering. I'm in the camp that Verizon should pony up since it's Verizon customers like me who utilize their internet service for internet services such as youtube and netflix. The other camp which Verizon is in thinks Netflix and Youtube needs to pay for the peering.
It doesn't matter though, it's Verizon who will lose the customers and stands to lose the most out of this when their Netflix and Youtube users find out that they actually get better results on another service like TWC or Optimum. I just wonder how long it will take Verizon to realize this is why they're losing FiOS subscribers.