I've run into a weird issue with Netflix the past week. I have Comcast with the 12/2 speed, and am in the Chicago area. I generally watch using my Sony TV, although I also have a Sony BD Player, plus the computer. The TV/BD are hardwired, and there is an Ethernet switch, so I can actually see the data activity.
I've had the TV for a year or so now, and have rarely had a problem until the past week or so. I've been watching several old SciFi shows (Sliders, Farscape, Stargate SG-1). I'm up to season 3 on most of them.
Sometime last week, it looks like Farscape was converted from season-by-season to just one big series blob. Ever since then, I've been having major problems trying to watch.
In the past, and in tests with Sliders, the streaming is completely normal. It buffers to the limit very quickly, and I can see the switch blinking in a consistent on/off pattern as it streams.
When I try to play Farscape, it's very intermittent. The streaming is inconsistent, with frequent pauses and sudden jumps. Worse, at some point, it will stop streaming altogether. I cannot restart it no matter what. Oddly, I can run another show with no problems, then try to go back to Farscape, and it will not even start. It does the speed test, but then just hangs, although it may start to stream a tiny bit at a time.
I tried to play the problem episode on my computer, and it started right up and quickly buffered. But both the TV and BD player wouldn't even stream.
I tried several other services, including HD feeds, with no issues, so I don't think it's an internal network issue.
Any ideas? Are some shows streamed only on particular CDN's? I don't see any way to tell what CDN I am using.