[mythtv-users] OT: I'm abandoning Netflix (WD Live Hub too.)

Kris B. krisbee at krisbee.com
Fri Aug 26 22:08:49 UTC 2011

On Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:30 -0400, "Ronald Frazier" <ron at ronfrazier.net>
> On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 3:21 PM, Kris B. <krisbee at krisbee.com> wrote:
> > and sometimes the DNS server causes the servers at
> > Netflix to "think" you have a lesser connection than you actually do - on
> > the Roku forums anytime someone complains about PQ, they are instructed to
> > switch to a google DNS or an open DNS, and that always seems to fix the
> > problem.
> Actually, I think you might have that backward. A lot of the streaming
> media services are setup so that they have servers distributed all
> over, and DNS servers will typically point to the closest streaming
> server. The idea is that using the server closest to you typically
> gives the best performance. However, when you use Google Public DNS or
> OpenDNS, you end up getting a streaming server that is close to the
> DNS server, but not necessarily close to you, and performance suffers.
> -- 
> Ron Frazier

Counter-intuitve, I know.. I think their thinking is that local ISP's
aren't doing a good enough job at resolving, and that causes the errors.
 I haven't had a problem, but I have seen post after post where people
couldn't connect, or when they did they streamed poorly and by changing
the DNS server to those fixed the situation.

And as for quality - again, of course it isn't going to be Blu-Ray
quality... but for the price and the convenience, it is a nice
alternative and addition.  I do think it is better quality than the SD
satellite providers were giving me at 10X the price.

Believe it or not, one of the reasons I never upgraded is that once you
have steak you can't have hamburger... I'm well happy with my DVD/SD
quality on streams, OTA (even though it really is HD quality), etc. 
Didn't have to spend thousands again to upgrade all over again. :)
  Kris B.
  krisbee at krisbee.com

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