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by: retiredusmc March 22, 2011 8:38 AM PDT

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Netflix, streaming, rebuffering?

by retiredusmc - 3/22/11 8:38 AM

When watching a Netflix movie with my Samsung UN55C8000 I can count on it stopping and rebuffering at just about 7:15 PM most every time. When checking my PC for the download speed (Comcast) right after the stop it shows 21.17 Mbps or thereabouts on two different sites. I'm aware that these tests are not really accurate but they are an indicator that my computer speed is reasonably fast. The LAN cable is a category 5E, 10' long.

I can watch Netflix early in the day without any problems but I have other things to do than watch movies during the daytime. Whatever the movie had presented in mood or interest is lost when it tries, and not always successfully, to reload. I suspect that the problem lies in the internet overload around the evening time when people are home from work and want to watch a movie.

I have talked to both Netflix and Comcast but of course they pointed fingers at each other.

Is the sending speed from Netflix a factor in this situation? Would increasing, and paying, for a speed increase from Comcast help? It appears that this may be a common problem for some Netflix watchers, is there any solution to this issue that others have tried? Is the TV electronics part of the problem?


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