Originally Posted by michaeltscott
Netflix isn't going to change anything as long as their subscribership continues to grow. Anything new that they might do is just going to cost them money, reducing their bottom line in what must be a low margin business. Even setting up other providers for Open Connect will cost them money (particularly Comcast and TWC, the mega MSOs) but its money that they've been prepared to spend.
I hear lots of people bitch and moan about poor quality video from Netflix but it must be acceptable because you keep the service. If I was getting service as poor as some of you complain of I'd dump them until I heard that they'd improved.
It's my understanding that NF wants at least a shared cost arrangement with any ISP that goes with Open Connect .. I believe if NF were willing to pick up the whole tab as well as the support end, more ISP's would jump in ..
At any rate, like I've mentioned in the past, my ISP is not Open Connect (Charter) .. yet I continue to get a clean 1080 feed on the material offered in that encode ..
The issue, as you know, of NF quality is much more complicated than the NF front end .. NF wants it's customers to get the best bit rate possible, I have no doubt of that .. but the issue goes beyond what NF can control .. yet many don't take into consideration those issues and point the finger at NF ..
Yet, if NF were to pay for all ISP's to have Open Connect, we'd see another mass uprising if monthly costs went up a buck in order to pay for it ..
I still believe if ISP's would pony up for more bandwidth in areas identified as needing it, the problem would be solved .. but then, there would also likely be a price increase to the customer as well ..
In the meantime, those of you that are getting periodic low bitrates ..
1) Test your speed at
Do it at various times of the day .. if you are not getting what you pay for, contact your ISP ..
2) Don't run it using WI-FI .. yes, it's more of a headache to run CAT5/6 but you will improve consistency and speed .. with all the noise flying thru the air these days, at least give Ethernet a try .. a 50 or 100 foot cable is cheap just to at least give it a shot .. believe it or not, that microwave oven, cordless house phones, baby monitors, security cameras .. close neighbors gear, etc, can all have an effect .. when your wireless connection burps (and believe me, they do all the time), you can end up with a re-buffer / slowdown ..
3) If you insist on using wireless, position the router as close to your device as possible with as few obstructions between it and the device .. and don't use any other devices while you are streaming from NF ..
4) Research the hidden settings .. you can change buffering / bitrate etc .. on some consoles / most PC's .. etc ..