Originally Posted by DJ99
Historically I've had good results with Netflix over DSL, even though I don't have enough bandwidth to stream in HD. Recently I have had exactly the same problem and more. Several times when I start to play a program, I get a red bar across the screen telling me that my bandwidth is so low that frequent stopping will occur and then asks me if I want to continue. Sometimes it improves in the middle of streaming (it stops and then reloads the buffer with more 'quality' bars), sometimes it gets worse.
I've even run bandwidth tests to speedtest.net while it's occurring and the bandwidth to my house is normal (about 2.6 mb/s on my 3 mb/s DSL Pro link). Last night (2/1) the stopping and starting was so bad that programs were virtually unwatchable. I couldn't play more than a minute or even less without stopping, even though I would pause to load up the buffer on my blu-ray player before trying to continue.
Will try to investigate further to determine if its AT&T or if Netflix has gotten oversubscribed.
Monday was attrocious on ATT DSL, for me. Just as you describe.
Usually Prime Time is worse dropping to 2 Dots but usually not requiring re-buffers, later on in the night speeds and bandwidth expand and I get super zippy buffers of 4 dots.
PS- I have 2.75ish Mbps rates consistently from SpeedTest.net. 1.5ish rates from Youtube test. And 1 Mbps rates on Vudu test.
I've never seen 1 button yet, curiously.
Me neither, I think that is psychological games being played. There is no 1 Dot stream, just 3 levels. Best, Good, Poor. Especially with the rebuffering every minute or so the other night.
I will say this, I was having the same problems with other Roku box streams, like NBC Meet the Press on Roku Newscaster. Im pretty sure that it is my DSL being oversold and heavily used at Prime Time that is the problem.