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Flash Player Buffering/Cache very Poor

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  • Message 1. Posted by caf4926 (U11177703) on Tuesday, 19th August 2008 permalink

    Recently I have had very poor watchability from the Flash iPlayer. I sent a message a few months ago about 'it would be good idea to have a High Quality' feature option for watching. But now the BBC can't seem to keep the feed going.

    I know for sure it's not my ADSL, it will nearly always max out near to the full 8mb supplied by entanet. I run .net tests at the time and I can download top speed.

    The problem also seems to be the player will not Cache the info to disc. Even if you right click the player window and change the Flash settings to Cache unlimited! So you are dependent on the BBC feeding fast enough. And it CAN'T.

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  • Message 2. Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Tuesday, 19th August 2008 permalink

    So are you only talking on the high quality feed?
    What router ISP you using?
    Any further information on you software besides linux?

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  • Message 3. Posted by The Phazer (U815970) on Tuesday, 19th August 2008 permalink

    I've little doubt Akami are sending the content out fast enough - the issue is most likely at the infrastructure on your ISP's end. Remember, the internet isn't designed for high speed video and lacks quality of service to deliver it fully. Just because you are sometimes able to tap out your connection doesn't mean your ISP will reliably process a stream from a single source at that speed reliably. ISPs routinely oversell their contention ratios.

    The lack of caching is deliberate to prevent people illegally downloading the content. Shame it's necessary but there are a lot of thieves.

    Phazer

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