dave562 writes: "There was an interesting article posted on Zero Hedge lately on the throttling of Netflix.
'For years, the Netflix streaming business has been growing like a parasite, happy to piggyback on established broadband infrastructures, where the broadband companies themselves have becomes competitors to Netflix for both distribution and content. Until now. Emboldened by the recent Net Neutrality ruling, which has put bandwidth hogs like Netflix which at last check was responsible for over 30% of all downstream US internet traffic, broadband providers are finally making their move, and in a preliminary salvo whose ultimate compromise will be NFLX paying lots of money, have started to throttle Netflix traffic. The WSJ reports (Paywall) that the war between the broadband-ers and the video streaming company has finally emerged from the "cold" phase and is fully hot.'"
I'd think that no-one would be complaining if movies played without stuttering and minimal buffering at first.
I get that even on short films: it seems to happen at the end of every Looney Tune I watch.
No you need much more of a buffer than 1 frame due to all sorts of issues such as to handle UDP packet reordering, allowances for dropped/corrupted frames, etc. That idiotic statements like your's gets rated insightful is quite sad.
No one is claiming that a 90 minute movie should be downloaded in 10 minutes. But plenty of people are seeing issues where they can't get a high quality stream, which only needs like 3-4mbit/sec, because of the throttling that kicks them to the shit quality version.
To add, you can also find reports of AT&T gigapower users with supposed 300mbit/s connections that can't even get the HD stream from Netflix. And that would only end up using less than 1.5% of the bandwidth they are being sold.
Fair enough. That puts it in perspective. I'm a Vudu user and haven't noticed any issues and I'm a Cox customer. It's probably only a matter of time, however. We can always go back to pirating movies.