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Topic # 150516 25-Jul-2014 10:30
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Over the last two weeks, on both a VDSL and ADSL connection (both Henderson, Auckland area) we have noticed that streaming of USA sites (Vimeo and others) has been slow and intermittent, with breakup and pixelisation.

Speedtest on the VDSL circuit seems OK. Plans are capped so should not be subject to traffic management.
Has anyone noticed anything similar ?

Thanks and Regards 

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  Reply # 1095460 25-Jul-2014 10:30
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Hello... Our robot found some keywords in your post, so here is an automated reply with some important things to note regarding broadband speeds.



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  Reply # 1095485 25-Jul-2014 10:55
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All good down here in Christchurch. Watched a couple of TV shows in Super HD (Netflix) last night and all good. No stuttering etc. Also iTunes trailers played without a hitch.

I'm sure it's only a temporary thing.


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  Reply # 1095646 25-Jul-2014 14:28
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Has anyone noticed anything similar ?

Thanks and Regards 

Yep, for some years now.
You-tube usually streams just fine.
Occasionally its so bad its unwatchable. Happens all the time.

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  Reply # 1095775 25-Jul-2014 17:40
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Your plan is capped... Sure you haven't gone past the cap and being slowed down?

Are you using WiFi or ethernet? If you just started using WiFi can you test again on ethernet?

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  Reply # 1095786 25-Jul-2014 17:58
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Thanks for your reply, well within CAP (it's 150G  plan and only at some 30G at the moment).

Speed-test is OK to LA , it's some 13M down and 10M up on the PC nearest the VDSL Modem, on a further away PC it's some 10M down and 8M up- as at 5pm on a Friday night.
Streaming should be fine but quite ofter USA video streaming sites are very slow (alongside news-sites Washington Post, Gawker/Gizmodo/iO9 and USA based web-comics (PennyArcade)).

May be as these sites are on the opposite coast of the USA to where the South Pacific Fibre terminates and latency across the USA is causing issues.
May be a perception thing- I noticed that a paid US streaming service on a Tablet (Wifi connection) pixalated more when the movie was a widescreen- probably more display processing required.

So the feeling from the family is that things (especially Netflix) are running slower than they used to, but very hard to quantify hence this topic.

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  Reply # 1096002 26-Jul-2014 11:10
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Yes, the last couple of days of Netflix performance on our connection has also been less than impressive.

Yesterday was particularly bad where 720 was the max I could get (even when using the Netflix test video, House of Cards or Orange is the new Black as reference movies) and 480 or less was common most of the day. I don't think I made it to Super HD at any time, even near midnight using my normal hard wired PS4 player which has been great up until now.

I have a rock solid error free Telecom VDSL2 connection - Actual 46.60 Mbps down, 9.50 Mbps Up on a 500GB plan.

It could just be a Netflix heavy traffic period, but it was a consistent slow down from my normal results. I'll thrash it again today to see if it persists.

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  Reply # 1096188 26-Jul-2014 15:45
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Update - Our maximum 720p Netflix issue was resolved by deleting and reinstalling the PS4 Netflix app. We have two PS4 consoles and both were tested before and after reinstall and streaming issues are resolved.

I suspect a recent update to the PS4 Netflix app was the cause of the corruption which restricted streaming quality.

Therefore, our issue is unrelated to our Telecom connection or this forum.

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  Reply # 1096350 26-Jul-2014 21:27
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My VDSL2 has been perfectly fine since that last international issue that affected Twitch.
I stream Youtube & Twitch content almost daily and no problems.

Also tested my ADSL2+ connection in another part of Auckland and also fine.

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