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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:06 PM

Problems with streaming

Has anyone else had these problems? If so, what do you do (other than curse)?

1. When I try to connect to Netflix, a message appears saying I am not connected to the internet. To fix this, I must turn the router off, and then turn it back on.

2. When I try to pause, nothing happens for several seconds. Then it pauses (way beyond where I wanted it to).

3. Sometimes the picture freezes for no apparent reason, and none of the buttons on the remote control will do anything. To fix this, I must deprive the DVD player of electrical power for a second or two. Then I have to try to connect to netflix all aver again.

Do these problems mean that my DVD player is a piece of shit? Or is it Netflix's fault? Or maybe a little of both?

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Reply Problems with streaming (Original post)
Lionel Mandrake Feb 2013 OP
Soylent Brice Feb 2013 #1
Lionel Mandrake Feb 2013 #9
Mnpaul Feb 2013 #20
barbtries Feb 2013 #2
Lionel Mandrake Feb 2013 #10
barbtries Feb 2013 #16
NV Whino Feb 2013 #3
Lionel Mandrake Feb 2013 #15
supernova Feb 2013 #4
Lionel Mandrake Feb 2013 #11
gateley Feb 2013 #5
Lionel Mandrake Feb 2013 #14
jberryhill Feb 2013 #17
gateley Feb 2013 #19
cbayer Feb 2013 #6
Lionel Mandrake Feb 2013 #12
cbayer Feb 2013 #13
mockmonkey Feb 2013 #7
Lionel Mandrake Feb 2013 #8
Lydia Leftcoast Feb 2013 #18

Response to Lionel Mandrake (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:08 PM

1. it's just netflix.

their servers go up and down all the time.

if you know you have internet connection and you're still getting that error, it's netflix.

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Response to Soylent Brice (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:19 PM

9. Yes, if the DVD player says it's connected and Netflix says otherwise,

then Netflix is the culprit. This sometimes happens right after I re-initialize the router. A minute later, Netflix will admit that I am connected.

When the DVD player says it's not connected, that's because it doesn't know its own IP address. Since it's been turned off, the router may have decided to assign that IP address to some other machine (e.g., a printer). That's how DHCP works. I've tried assigning the DVD player a static IP address, but somehow that doesn't work any better. This sort of problem is not Netflix's fault. I tend to blame it on the DVD player, but I'm not sure about this.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 06:26 PM

20. I get that with my Sony netbox from time to time

I have to go into setup and run through the setup procedure to get it working again.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:24 PM

2. i only stream on my computer

and it's been pretty much trouble free.
i also just started getting the dvds again because they offered me a free month and the two movies i've received so far were fine.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:34 PM

10. I've occasionally had problems with DVDs from Netflix.

Sometimes they are unplayable. Other times they start up with no audio or bad color. When this happens, i eject the DVD and start over. Usually it works the second or third time.

A minor nuisance is "previews" that the muhfking disk won't let me skip or fast forward through. When that happens, I mute the sound, go out of the room, and do something else until the muhfking disk is ready to play the movie. I blame this shit on the assholes who manufactured the disk. Or maybe on the studio that owns the copyright.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:55 PM

16. yeah that annoys the crap out of me.

i do not like being forced to watch commercials.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:54 PM

3. If you're on ATT&T, it could be them

Happened to me a while back. AT&T fixed connection and I haven't had any problems since. Netflix has bee. Very good lately.

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Response to NV Whino (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:55 PM

15. I'm on Verizon, not AT&T.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:10 PM

4. Spotty streaming tonight

while we were watching "House of Cards"

We have Time Warner internet.

The feed will drop and have to restart. I don't Netflix does say "you are not connected to the internet." I don't know if it's netflix or time-warner.

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Response to supernova (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:36 PM

11. I once was afflicted with Time Warner.

Never again.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:26 AM

5. I've only streamed on my iPad -- Comcast Internet -- and no problems ever. Yet. :-)

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Response to gateley (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:51 PM

14. That's good if you like the small screen.

Occasionally I've watched a movie or an episode from a TV show on a computer, but I would rather watch it on the biggest screen in our house, which is a 40" (diagonal) TV set.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:38 PM

17. How far away from that screen do you sit?

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:28 PM

19. I don't have a choice. :-)

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:28 AM

6. I have these problems all the time, but have attributed it to too little available

bandwidth from my ISP and this ridiculously stupid Samsung blu-ray player I am using.

The reason I conclude this is because it gets much better when the tourists leave during the week and resetting the DVD player often fixes other problems.

Anyway, I don't think it's Netflix, but could be wrong.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:42 PM

12. Maybe you could get more bandwidth

by paying a higher monthly fee to your ISP.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:50 PM

13. I can't. It's the tower and demand on the tower, not my plan.

My only access is through my Verizon cel phone. When tourists come in on the weekend, the single tower can't handle it and it slows down to a crawl and drops all day (and night). When they leave, it comes back up.

It got so bad during the summer, that I canceled by Netflix and Hulu, but it's better during the week, during the winter.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:29 PM

7. It could be both

I have a Roku and a Wii and for Hulu-Plus the Wii works better than the Roku for Hulu-Plus. Many of the things you describe for Netflix sounds like the issues I have with Hulu-Plus on Roku.

Is there a way to update the software on the DVD player?

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Response to mockmonkey (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:30 PM

8. Depending on your DVD player,

it may be easy to update the s/w, or it may be not so easy.

If you stream through your DVD player (not through your TV set), then it should be easy, first to check if you have the latest s/w, and then (if necessary) to update your s/w. The manual should tell you how to do these things.

I used to have a DVD player with no networking capability. To update the software, I had to download it on my computer, then burn a DVD, and finally load the DVD into the DVD player. Each of these steps was complicated. Ugh!

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:40 AM

18. Mysterious are the ways of streaming

This evening, I tried to watch "Inspector Coliandro" on MHz Worldview on the Roku, and all I could get was the logo.

Then I tried the iPad: the app opened but it said "No data."

However, I tried bringing up the program on my computer, and it streamed just fine.

Then, all of a sudden, the Roku kicked in.

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