Another SmartTv that has poor Netflix performance
by pfreep57 - 1/27/13 11:03 AM
Another thread titled "Netflix refuses to load things on Samsung Smart Tv" very accurately captured my experience with Netflix on my Samsung. Details:
SW: T-ECPAKUC-1041.1, BT-I/G
Network Connection is wireless to DSL router running 802.11g, with WPA2 security.
Netflix SW Ver. 3.105
Browser SW Ver. 1.233
I frequently receive the error dialog "We are having trouble playing this title right now." It also typically takes 1/2 to 1 minute to connect to Netflix. In addition, when I run a network speed test (www.speedtest.net) from the browser, I achieve barely 1Mbps download. (Wireless bandwith is 54Mbps and DSL is 20Mbps). My low-end laptop achieves 13Mbps on speedtest.net when co-located with the TV. I also have problems with Blockbuster having to buffer when playing HD movies.
I have installed a 9dB gain antenna on the wireless router and it is oriented toward the TV. When I check the network status on the TV it reports connection to the internet and 4 "bars" signal strength. I can co-locate my laptop with the TV, and stream Netflix without any problems. The laptop reports 5 bars, and "Excellent" signal strength.
I have none of these problems using my laptop. It immediately (< 10sec) connects to Netflix and never even buffers when streaming. When the SmartTv refuses to play a show on Netflix, I can immediately access it from my laptop and it plays fine.
I previously had a UN55D7000 that lost all network capability a few months after purchase. It was replaced with this UN55ES7500, after nearly two months of dealing with Samsung Tech support and two home visits with motherboard replacement by the local support contractor.