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F1 Large Video Size Dropping Frames Like Crazy During Evening Peak Hour

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  • Message 1. Posted by Capvermell (U11113633) on Sunday, 10th April 2011permalink

    I started watching the complete 3hr 15 min version of the Malaysian GP around 6pm this evening in the large video size on live streaming and all was OK for the first 80 minutes.

    However suddenly all I could get was a version of the program that was dropping 7 frames out of 8 and jerking all over the place and no amount of trying to stop and restart or choosing a different Iplayer program would clear the problem. Finally only when I changed back to the regular video size did the dropped frames problem go away.

    My ISP is Be Unlimited so I don't believe this is a bandwidth problem caused by them and I feel it is purely down to the BBC Iplayer website servers not being able to cope with live streaming of peak hour demand for programs. It is precisely because I know this nonsense happens that I was trying to download the Windows Media file version of the program only to find it was not available.

    What hope is there of anyone watching theF1 in HD on the IPlayer when the BBC's servers can't even cope with Large Video Size in SD during the evening peak hour on an F1 racing day!!!

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  • Message 2. Posted by matt (U8621220) on Sunday, 10th April 2011permalink

    All download options available here www.bbc.co.uk/iplaye...

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  • Message 3. Posted by Capvermell (U11113633) on Monday, 11th April 2011permalink

    The Windows Media and Portable Media files were eventually available when you posted at 10pm last night (Sunday 10th April). Probably they were actually provided after my posts complaining about their absence were spotted.

    But they weren't available in the first 11 hours or so after the race finished and this is when the majority of people would have needed to access them.

    My Tivo PVR can view the whole program on a recorded basis including fast fowarding and rewinding from one second in to the broadcast.

    Ergo the BBC Iplayer service is hugely inferior by comparison.

    How many more years before the BBC provide any programs on the IPlayer in HD........................

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  • Message 4. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on Monday, 11th April 2011permalink

    Remember to use the contact forms.

    Probably they were actually provided after my posts complaining about their absence were spotted.


    I doubt anyone important at the BBC saw your post.

    The BBC does claim to monitor contact forms 24/7, it does not try to monitor this messageboard, which incidentally is soon to be closed down permanently. Rather a pity as it provides information about faults from information contained within users posts well before the BBC ever announces anything.

    See also
    "Our days are numbered..."
    - www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

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  • Message 5. Posted by matt (U8621220) on Monday, 11th April 2011permalink

    But they weren't available in the first 11 hours or so after the race finished and this is when the majority of people would have needed to access them.

    They appeared within the time scale the BBC have always given us as a guide for live content which is 3.5 times the length of the programme from the time the broadcast ends.

    That has always been the speed of the standard encoders and because the race is a long programme, it takes a long time to encode.

    My Tivo PVR can view the whole program on a recorded basis including fast fowarding and rewinding from one second in to the broadcast.

    Your PVR uses 1 format that is the same as the format used to broadcast the content.

    iPlayer uses a number of different formats so has to convert the TV stream into all the formats.

    ITV Player, 4oD, Demand Five etc all work in the same way.

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