I'm trying to determine why I'm getting such inconsistent streaming quality through my Samsung P3600. It has a wired connection to the router so we're not dealing with wi-fi issues here. I'm on a 15Mbps Time Warner Cable (just switched from 3Mbps ATT) and while I do occasionally get a full connection and HD video (based on the quality meter that shows up just as I start a movie), it's maybe 20% of the time at best, and of that 20% I'd say half those times the video feed will pause at some point and the quality will drop to some thing less than HD. Sometimes I only get half the number of bars on the quality meter and in those cases I see significant pixelation. I've done several speed tests (using my Ipad, Iphone, and PC, all wireless) just before, during, and after watching a show and I consistently get 15+Mbps bandwidth speeds so it really doesn't seem like it's an ISP issue. When I don't get HD quality streaming through the Samsung I've switched to watching with my Ipad (connected via component cables to my 57" TV) and while the quality "seems" much better I really have no way of knowing for sure if I'm getting HD quality, though I've never seen the video pause during playback on my Ipad or seen pixelation.
All this seems to point to the Samsung as being the problem. I've read some other threads about certain Blu Ray's having a problem with streaming quality, particularly the Sony's which apparently go through a separate server for Netflix streaming. First of all, is there a way to verify streaming quality on on iOS device or PC? The Samsung has a quality meter but I don't see a similar meter on the other interfaces. Second, I've tried seemingly everything on the Samsung to make this better. I've reset the settings on the machine, rebooted it and the router and modems multiple times, messed with the video quality settings in Netflix, nothing seems to work. I've even gone back to wireless with the Samsung but that didn't make a difference. It does seem to more frequently stream lower quality later in the day and in the evening. On rare days when I'm at home during the day I seem to have a better chance watching an entire show or movie in HD. But the speed tests I've ran are consistently in the 15-20 Mbps range regardless of time of dy.
If getting a new device for streaming is the obvious answer I'm willing to try that. I'd like to do the Roku but I don't have a TV with HDMI (yet). But I want to make sure it's a device issue before I invest in another streaming set. Are there other troubleshooting steps I can try to make sure or a setting in the Samsung I can adjust?
HR10-250 (since 1/05)
SAT-T60 (since 8/01)