Originally Posted by slimoli
I disagree. 18 mbps is the speed limit, of course, but I test my connection every day and the lowest I have ever seen was 13 mbps. I use speedtest.net from servers all over the country. Amazon VOD is only 720p and it needs 2.5 mbps minimum. I was just trying to say that I have more than enough internet speed for any of these streaming video products. Netflix works great with my PS3 using the same ethernet switch. The ATT U-Verse switch is less than 1000 feet from my unit. Netflix HD was working fine even with my old 6 mbps connection.
I am a software engineer , although never had an experience with video streaming I have a good idea how things work. The BD 60 has a decent buffer when streaming from VOD, about a full minute with HD (you can do the test just unplugging the cat5 cable and waiting for the video to stop ) . Any interference on the ISP normally don't last that long.
My hunch is that when the speed drops , even if it's still much higher than the necessary, the software re-syncs to a lower quality , period.
The only way to prove the Panasonic software is buggy is to hook up a Roku or Sony 460 on the same ethernet cable and do the test.
BTW, Do you get a stable HD connection with your BD60 ?
I am no expert, but Netflix streaming, since I began using it this past year in Feb. 2009 on a Sammy-2500, and now a ROKU player(both connected via Belkin Powerline adapters with 200Mbps max download. My TW Roadrunner is only 2.0Mbps/download MAX) has been almost FLAWLESS, while the Amazon VOD, even though I did the previews only, still had to rebuffer nearly ALL THE TIME.
So IMHO, it is a Amazon VOD issue with their servers/software/firmware. It might not be ready for primetime, and was "thrown up" in order to begin to compete with Netflix, which I am guessing, has a "stranglehold" on the streaming market.
Netflix was ready for primetime when it came to streaming. At least this has been my experience. The ROKU player did buffer a few times(I have only had it a week), but not even close to the amount of re-buffering I got on Amazon VOD, and that is just with 2 minute previews, and the like.
Can't beat "FREE STREAMING" from Netflix as part of their DVD packages. Pay $11.65/month for 1 out at a time(Blu-Ray included) and get unlimited streaming too boot. Can't beat that.
Of course that will change in the future(streaming will become a separate charge down the road), but I will this horse until it does.
I just hope ROKU eventually makes a deal with HULU and some of these other awesome streaming sites.