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Old 07-30-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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Anyone know this? Couldn't believe it's not on their website nor could I find a simple answer online.
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:12 PM   #2
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Anyone know this? Couldn't believe it's not on their website nor could I find a simple answer online.
Are you asking how fast your internet connection needs to be? The site recommends at least 5mbps. I've found 10 works much better with no dropouts.
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:39 PM   #3
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Are you asking how fast your internet connection needs to be? The site recommends at least 5mbps. I've found 10 works much better with no dropouts.
Yes, I was asking about the connection speed. Thank you.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:53 AM   #4
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I have "very near" HD, up to 720p, Netflix feed with a puny 1.5Kbsp DSL line. But, often as not the signal will slip a bit due to the "slow" speed. It is still good and very watchable, but if the line speed deteriorates at all, it will pause and re-load the buffer to continue.

I live in a rural location, at the end of the DSL coverage area, so I don't expect miracles.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:28 AM   #5
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I have "very near" HD, up to 720p, Netflix feed with a puny 1.5Kbsp DSL line. But, often as not the signal will slip a bit due to the "slow" speed. It is still good and very watchable, but if the line speed deteriorates at all, it will pause and re-load the buffer to continue.

I live in a rural location, at the end of the DSL coverage area, so I don't expect miracles.
If you can afford it you'd probably get better results with satellite internet.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:43 AM   #6
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Goofnut- do you know the d/l speed of typical sat interent.
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I use 1.3mbps and it works without cutouts, takes a bit to initially load though
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I use 1.3mbps and it works without cutouts, takes a bit to initially load though
Good deal. Is your player hooked up to the web through wi-fi or ethernet cable? Maybe it was my wi-fi connection that caused the dropouts at 5mbps?
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:21 PM   #9
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on my system, the Roku box is hardwired (CAT5e) to the switch just downstream from the DSL modem.

"HD Goofnut", thank you for the suggestion about satellite internet service. I am still waiting on that one, cost and reliability being the key issues. AT&T has improved the DSL service in our area, but we are still just on the edge of "really solid" service.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:37 PM   #10
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I have a ROKU box and 6 mbps DSL. But most of the time, my Netflix streaming sucks - two dots out of 4, and a blurry picture (which I have reported to Netflix many times, but it does no good at all). I'm not sure it's even worth $8 a month, the quality is so bad.
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I have a ROKU box and 6 mbps DSL. But most of the time, my Netflix streaming sucks - two dots out of 4, and a blurry picture (which I have reported to Netflix many times, but it does no good at all). I'm not sure it's even worth $8 a month, the quality is so bad.
Maybe your ISP is throttling your downloads.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:25 PM   #12
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"shneor" - try www.speedtest.net and see if you are getting anywhere near 6 mbps. If I can get very watchable "near HD" on my end-of-the-line 1.5 mbps DSL line, you should do much better. I think you have a connection problem (internal network wiring, DSL modem, or router) or an ISP problem, as mentioned above. I seriously doubt the problem has anything to do with Netflix service.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:23 AM   #13
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I upgraded my data speed to 22mps for 10 bucks extra per month at Comcast. It makes all the difference. While watching Netflix I average 16 Mps. At peak times I never drop below 11mps. I recommend paying the extra cash.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:17 PM   #14
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Running 8.5mbps (wireless) tonight. After rebooting Roku and shutting down all other wireless devices, Netflix still streams at its second-lowest quality. All other Roku stations are fast except NetFlix.

Netflix has a good selection (for my tastes) but, even after their latest price-hike (when they said "sorry we screwed up" but raised their prices anyway) they still can't seem to get their technical act together.

I'm showing my age, but this is like in the 50's, when TV stations would go off the air at the drop of a hat. "Sorry, the problem is not in your set." Thinking that hulu, or some similar provider is the way to go.

I've had Netflix since they came out, but Netflix just never seems to evolve. All "pay us now" and no improvement in service. Like "services" in a third-world country. I think they'll ultimately fail, with a few at the top getting rich.

Looking for a rising star in this fairly new arena.

Netflix is dead.
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