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post #11 of 43 Old 02-27-14, 04:59 PM
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Re: Blogger says Verizon is Purposefully Slowing Netflix; Verizon Denies Charge

I also have noticed disruptions while watching Netflix-usually a need to rebuffer every few minutes and loss of quality. I have Verizon FIOS. At first I thought it was increased traffic with the availability of House of Cards, second season but now I am inclined to agree that Verizon might be at fault,

What can we relly do about it?
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post #12 of 43 Old 03-04-14, 07:47 PM
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I also noticed the disruptions with Netflix during prime time recently and also have Fios. While I understand finite bandwidth, I have a hard time accepting that here. So the question is what can really be done about it? After some searching, it was claimed that getting a VPN connection was shown to improve the user's experience. I decided to give it a try and can report that I've had no problems streaming HD content from Netflix during peak times and without any steping down in resolution. The downside is you have to pay money for a vpn connection and mess around with a mini science project with reflashing a compatible router with dd-wrt firmware to have the router maintain the vpn connection for all devices that sits underneath it (Oppo, etc.)

I don't like having to go through so many hoops to get what I paid for but at least there seems to be a way around the issue.

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What can we relly do about it?
When you can, buy used blu-rays on Amazon and be done with it.

My understanding, Walmart and Target both have great blu-ray pricing well worth checking out.
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Re: Blogger says Verizon is Purposefully Slowing Netflix; Verizon Denies Charge

I'm curious, has Netflix or any other large file streaming internet company spent any money to help improve the backbone speed of the internet (Fiber upgrades, etc.)? And thus improve access and quality for their customers?
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I'm curious, has Netflix or any other large file streaming internet company spent any money to help improve the backbone speed of the internet (Fiber upgrades, etc.)? And thus improve access and quality for their customers?
Just saying, we purchased three blu-ray movies today. All of the quality and none of the hassles. So far this month, I'm guilty of purchasing five blu-ray movies: new and used. Currently looking to purchase a used copy of "Blade Runner."

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The point, I've given up on Comcast, online services and rental shops. To pay for it all, we've dropped Comcast premium channels and reduced the level of our Comcast services as the quality of online downloads is terrible in comparison to actual blu-ray provided content. Why have a decent Home Theater system and downsize the quality with compressed, lossy, online content?

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Just saying, we purchased three blu-ray movies today. All of the quality and none of the hassles. So far this month, I'm guilty of purchasing five blu-ray movies: new and used. Currently looking to purchase a used copy of "Blade Runner."

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The point, I've given up on Comcast, online services and rental shops. To pay for it all, we've dropped Comcast premium channels and reduced the level of our Comcast services as the quality of online downloads is terrible in comparison to actual blu-ray provided content. Why have a decent Home Theater system and downsize the quality with compressed, lossy, online content?

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That is what I have been saying... Why watch anything streaming. Its like watching SD on a 1984 TV compared to blue ray. May as well just stream pandora and call it good.
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Re: Blogger says Verizon is Purposefully Slowing Netflix; Verizon Denies Charge

Streaming isn't for everyone but it sure seems like that is where things are headed. The HD quality when it is sustained HD quality is decent even on a projector screen. Like yourself, I buy stacks of blu-rays used monthly at our Family Video store because also like yourself, I don't want to compromise on the audio/video quality. I do enjoy binge watching seasons of shows and don't see a huge difference in the experience from streaming versus not. I like having the ability to do it on-demand and my wife likes the ability to easily select between different shows while she's on the treadmill - something that is lost when you're juggling DVDs.

Verizon laid claim to one of the fastest networks when they rolled out the fiber optic Fios product. While in general I'm a fan of Verizon because of the quality they demand of their HW vendors so that their customers will have a quality experience, how they handled this up until now by denying there was a problem has lowered my opinion of them. I read today that the CEO has come out and said they expect a deal with Netflix to prioritize the streaming data to provide a better experience for their customers. (http://www.zdnet.com/verizon-ceo-we-...ad-7000026988/) At least they 'fessed up to it t the end of the day and will probably do something about it.
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Re: Blogger says Verizon is Purposefully Slowing Netflix; Verizon Denies Charge

Based on what I'm reading above, maybe the problem is us. In my opinion, the general public is happy with twenty minutes of commercials every hour and hazy looking content that lacks any contrast while on the other hand, we're into high quality image and sound.

I guess what I'm trying to say, Comcast, Verizon and Netflix don't love us anymore.

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Re: Blogger says Verizon is Purposefully Slowing Netflix; Verizon Denies Charge

get ready for higher prices for internet and the service's within , it will soon be just like the cable model or priced like it , I lost hope when net neutrality was lost
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Re: Blogger says Verizon is Purposefully Slowing Netflix; Verizon Denies Charge

Why shouldn't those who use more pay more? I pay for higher speed internet. Others don't feel they need it so why should they.

Looking for me, just google my username. I have used the same one for most sites for many years.
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