With this random video from their Trending list, I had no buffering with the VDS on or off, and with 360p and 480p. 7:08PM EST. TMN speed 13.07Mbps.
Edit: Lots of buffering in 360p and 480p, with VDS on AND off. 9:00PM EST. TMN speed 8.72Mbps
Tested YouTube last night and it worked fine, the stream never totally stopped like when I first checked. The cache constantly filled to the end.
Didn't try Amazon as from Liz's reply it sounds like a lost cause over satellite unless they change their streaming method.
Will try YouTube again tonight. Sunday evenings seem to be a high traffic period.
What still concerns me about when I made the OP is how the stream just totally stops, not a slowdown but a complete stop. Then it may or may not eventually kick back in. Not how it should act even if speed at the time is only 500 kbps.
Tested same Youtube video as listed in my post above. 8:50PM EST.
It buffered for a second or two at about 25 seconds in at 360p, then was fine, and then it auto adjusted to 480p. It then auto adjusted to 720p. No buffering, save for the initial bit. This was with the VDS on. When I turned the VDS off, the video kicked up to 1080p after about thirty seconds and continued playing with no buffering.
Tested speed was 12.6Mbps.
Worked perfectly for me, as well. 360p and 480p with no buffering at all. Speed 30.8Mbps. Loved the video, too.
HI folks, thanks for your feedback!
I can use this for now to escalate to our VDS devs. I'll let you know if we need more info.
Your cooperation, patience, and understanding are much appreciated.
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Thanks Liz. Like the others I haven't gotten it to repeat again since my original post, Murphy's Law strikes again. That wasn't the first time though, had been happening off and on for some time.
It isn't so much the buffering but insteadthe stream totally shutting off, or near off as it truly drops to dialup speed like 56k and lower, going to zero download speed.
Anyway, thanks for continuing to check into it. Not sure VDS is a factor though since when it was acting up I tried it both on and off with no difference.
While I'm not having any trouble watching You Tube or buffering, I've stopped watching videos during Anytime time period to save on my data. I've downloaded a program called Free Video Downloader. It lets you schedule videos any time you want. I load up what I want to watch (in 720 and 1080!) and have them download between 3 and 7am. Win-win The only videos that don't seem to work is official music videos. The company is aware of it and working on the issue. Luckily for me, I watch very few music videos.
Gabe, the grandkids and I love this guy! Got hoooked on Brave Wilderness when I saw their video of "Dingo Meets a Coyote". We have a Desert Dingo so I'm always watching Dingo videos