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  Reply # 2201346 19-Mar-2019 08:38
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I thought the picture quality was quite good, only noticed the codec sh1t itself when the confetti rained down on the podium at the end...


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  Reply # 2201366 19-Mar-2019 09:10
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Shindig:

 

Ran some tests last night on my setup.

 

Intel NUC i3 - 8Gb - BigPipe Gigabit - Grandstream Router - ethernet CAT6 - HDMI to Sony KD-55X930D

 

Chrome and FF show the same picture, there is judder on both. I can see they both play the 1080p 60FPS stream, but it doesn't look like 60FPS. You can see some element of compression pixelation and at times, an interlaced line is seen, on fast pace content. 

 

I played the start on both browsers for comparison. If i'm being pedantic FF is slightly better, but minutely marginal. 

 

I watched the F1 highlights on YouTube (native app), there you see the difference! That is 1080p stream and it shows!

 

 

I'll find out today hopefully, but I suspect that your CPU or GFX card may not have been powerful enough for the player used. I tried an i3 Nuc as well and got  rubbish performance. On my other machines on the same network it was great.

 

I'll check what the CPU requirements are today.

 

Cheers - N


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2201506 19-Mar-2019 11:37
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cheers Talkiet - i would assume so too, it was always going to be a low powered, low use PC as well.

 

I'll hook Surface Book 2 up to the TV, and test that.

 

 

 

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  Reply # 2202153 19-Mar-2019 23:41
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It would make a lot of sense if Spark Sport put up a test page section on their website with various, VOD and stream clips that users could use to aid in fine tuning things. Support could then instruct users "Please try test video 3" etc etc realistically most issues will be at the users end and be connection or device related.

 

 


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  Reply # 2202156 19-Mar-2019 23:56
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Apsattv:

 

It would make a lot of sense if Spark Sport put up a test page section on their website with various, VOD and stream clips that users could use to aid in fine tuning things. Support could then instruct users "Please try test video 3" etc etc realistically most issues will be at the users end and be connection or device related.

 

 

Realistically, with the amount of VOD content already on the site, users can try that already - just using a previous event...

 

All the videos will try and play at the most appropriate quality/bitrate for your device and connection so a set of test files wouldn't really replicate the actual experience. It might however be useful to show if your connection can sustain a particular bitrate.

 

Cheers - N

 

 


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  Reply # 2202160 20-Mar-2019 00:09
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Yes vod is all and good but if there is a video tagged as '60 FPS test loop" "50 FPS Test loop" "Pan test" "Bitrate waves" "Bitrate confetti" "Mono test" "stereo test" "5.1 test"

 

That could help to ruleout certain issues.

 


 


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  Reply # 2202185 20-Mar-2019 07:12
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Another option might be "I use A and B and C and I am finding this, anyone out there with the same, to compare a test?"


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  Reply # 2202206 20-Mar-2019 08:30
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I tried the native web browser on my smart tv, and it worked perfectly.  A lot better than the 2 laptops i tried along with chrome and Firefox.  Using the laptops the feed in either browser just didn't feel right or look 100% right. (hard to  put into words) I've used my old laptop to stream the golf a few years ago when sky ditched it, had no issues at all.  Also stream via vpn aussie tv with no issues, so dont know why Spark Sports would be any different, HD or not??

 

Hope they develop an TV app for Samsung which would make life easier.


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  Reply # 2202639 20-Mar-2019 21:54
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What is the recommended minimum download speed for Sparksport?

 

My folks get about 12Mbps download speed from a fixed wireless transmitter.

 

Will this be good enough?





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  Reply # 2202641 20-Mar-2019 21:57
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kiwifidget:

 

What is the recommended minimum download speed for Sparksport?

 

My folks get about 12Mbps download speed from a fixed wireless transmitter.

 

Will this be good enough?

 

 

The official answer is here:

 

https://help.sparksport.co.nz/streaming-issues/what-broadband-speed-do-i-need

 

I know people that have had great results on lower, but the only real answer is to try it out using the free trial.

 

Cheers - N

 

 


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  Reply # 2202643 20-Mar-2019 22:01
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Thank you @talkiet , they dont have any streamy devices yet.

 

However, i can give them the initial bad news now.





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  Reply # 2202681 21-Mar-2019 03:33
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Spark Sport.. try to add the PAC12 sports channel as live streaming channel there shouldnt be any rights issues with it Channel 7 australia stream it on their website.

 

https://7plus.com.au/live-tv

 

 


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  Reply # 2202704 21-Mar-2019 08:25
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I want to try it out.

 

 

 

But the whole negative billing is a big turn off.


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  Reply # 2203211 22-Mar-2019 07:15
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Azzura:

 

I want to try it out.

 

 

 

But the whole negative billing is a big turn off.

 

 

 

 

i dont understand this logic, just use the calendar app on you phone to remind you to cancel the sub 1 or 2 days before payment.

 

if your serious about watching sport legitimately you know money is involved. and you will have to pay at some point anyway.

 

 

 

just my 2c





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  Reply # 2203256 22-Mar-2019 10:29
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Any update on the VOD delay?  Bahrain is the first middle of the night event and if the VOD asset isn't available until hours later it will screw up being able to watch it, especially if the app crashes the live stream close to the end of the program.  I'm not going to be able to subscribe without this as watching the race delayed by an  entire working day means I'd rather watch the race highlights on youtube for free as that will effectively be the same result.


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