. Your hardware is more than enough for smooth streaming . Use Netflix in IE11 Desktop mode only don't use metro hell IE11 /Netflix no HD support there or in WMC ,
WMC Netfix app is waaay out of date ,unstable and no longer supported .
In fact WMC isn't all that stable either most of the time .
In F/F Silverlight or Flash both suck big time . F/F sucks at streaming so does IE 11 .
IE 11 and flash are often unstable . Only thing W8 /IE11 are good for is Netlix HD on a PC and just barley at that . No Amazon HD video is supported on PC at all .
Chrome is the ONLY way to stream flash
Ditch the Firefox and get Chrome it's way more stable with Flash than IE11 or F/F .
That should fix you up ,Firefox is yesterdays news and isn't that great anymore . From your earlier post your throughput looks fine so does your hdwe for streaming and the occasional DVD rip .
Roku is still better at streaming than a PC with full HD support you don't need an HTPC to stream Netflix,Amazon or Hulu . Only for ripping ,encoding ,editing and archiving or gaming but you won't be gaming on that set up anyway it should be fine for HTPC .
Streaming is not a good reason to build HTPC anymore these days .
when you can buy a $60.00 puck (Roku ) that does it way better
One of my networked PC's here is an amd box with win 7x64 , 7500rpm Hdd ,O.C. Phenom II x4 CPU ,dedicated HD video and sound cards a fat cpu cooler and 16 GB ram it burns and encodes pretty well but is way overkill for streaming although it does it well using Chrome
.I have IE 11 but don't use it . I use the Roku to watch Netflix,Amazon or whatever it's very good at what it does
without issues .
Thanks for the advice. I tried Chrome and it's doing the same thing. I know I should just throw in the towel but there is part of me that wants the HTPC to do it all and seamlessly. I think what's so frustrating is that as a few posters have pointed out, my hardware should be able to stream fine and my internet seems adequate. It just won't hold steady.
Probably will be something like that.
I just tried a Netflix movie that played well on the new HTPC, and then compared it with the macbook, and i'm not getting the same silky smooth motion on the macbook (maybe it's the size of the screen, but it's not too bad either).
If the refresh rate doesn't match the fps in some way or another, it has to in a sense, create frames that don't exist. Some hardware & TV's can cope with this (Roku being clever with it?) 23.976fps and 60hz is quite different, but with MPC-HC/MadVR/Reclock, it seems to do a decent job of sorting out 60Hz on my PC monitor. My PC monitor isn't meant for video though, so it never looks magnificent.
My TV does the 24hz, 50hz and 60hz, and although 50hz is good on 25FPS material, it is much more fluid with the 23.976fps blu rays at 24hz. I've now got Netflix playing back as per 23.976fps/24hz (TV), and it's much better than the 50hz or 60hz. My TV in particular favours 23.976 material though, which was the main reason i bought it - i know there are better tv's for the 50/60hz though.
Can you play a 23.976fps movie in a media player, without the bells and whistles of reclock etc?
Hmm, possibly. Does the tv auto-select 120hz with local media? I only really know my tv's strengths and weaknesses, just to warn you and i don't think my tv has a 120hz option.
So let's say this is true and fixes my issue by upgrading from my 6+ year old Emerson LCD, how does the ROKU compensate where my PC won't??
What video format is your HTPC set to output to the TV?
I have a 1080p capable Sony. But I have to set my HTPC to output 1080i. This way the TV handles de-interlacing. This is the only way I can get Netflix to stream without judder with my setup.
The lowest CCC will allow is 720p so that is what I have it set at. There is an option for 59hz (tried that with no change) and 50hz. When I try to force the LCD to run at 50hz the screen goes blank and will not display.
Forcing it onto 1080i standard it was definitely a clearer picture but it made everything on my screen smaller. 1080i optimized makes my window bar look like it's vibrating. Either way it's still twitchy.