Usually the speeds work good in the bonus bytes but something has been going wrong with hughesnet i believe. ive been on the forums like crazy trying to figure out whats going on. seems like a lot of people are experience very slow speeds and spotty connections.
Regarding the Bonus Zone and FAP, as long as you have Bonus Zone data your service speed is not throttled during the Bonus Zone time period, even if your Service Plan Data is exhausted.
The speed dropping during the evening hours is due to that being the time when the highest number of people are utilizing the service. It can fluctuate during this time period, including from day to day. However, if it's dropping drastically, as in to the point that you're having issue loading web pages and such, this could indicate a problem. There is a speed testing protocol that can help establish whether there is an issue or not, but the tests should only be run when you have data available, not when you are in FAP.
As for PlayOn, which I'm not familiar with, could there have been an issue where it didn't try to download the program? Or, if it did try to download but had issues, perhaps try turning off the Video Data Saver off, which automatically throttles streaming speeds to such that is amenable to streaming in SD. If something deliberately tries to stream in HD the VDS can cause buffering issues, and, perhaps, with something like PlayOn, it could mess it up totally. Again, I'm not familiar with PlayOn, so I don't know if the VDS is the cause, but it could be.
You can turn the Video Data Saver off through the HughesNet Usage Meter, or by signing in to the HughesNet myAccount site and clicking on the Settings tab.
You're welcome. I hope it solves the problem.
With that said, one thing to keep in mind is how much data the streaming may use. If we go by Netflix's HD streaming rates, it's about 3GB per hour, so that much streaming would use around 17.25GB. That's no big deal if you don't normally use your Bonus Zone data for much, but it's still a lot, and I thought it important to make you aware of this just in case. If it's streaming in SD instead of HD, that's a little over 4GB (700MB per hour), so not all that much. Again, just letting you know.
Again, I hope turning the VDS off solves the issue.