Netflix Full screen playback is choppy

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Pie Chips Salad, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2012
    Hi I have a mac mini 2.6 ghz 16gb ram 2012 server with an Asus 27 inch ips monitor connected via thunderbolt to displayport.. Ive noticed that with netflix the fullscreen playback is choppy. My internet connection seems fine and youtube videos play fine even in 1080p not choppy. The browser ive been using is safari which I thought was supported.

    Is this microsoft silverlight issue? Or graphics? or internet?

    Last one seems unlikely.

    I have the advanced hardware setting in silverlight switched on.

    Anyone with a late 2012 mini have similiar issues with Netflix or not? Thanks
  2. macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2010
    Netflix was known to have service problems in the last couple of days. Try it again today.
  3. macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
    I have the exact same Mac Mini configuration as the OP, and was watching back to back Netflix with my family last night with no problems. Maybe your net connection?
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2012
  5. macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2012
    Zagreb, Croatia
  6. macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2011
    Sorry pal, no problems either. Try and swap out wires, use different connections, see if that changes anything.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2006
    Works fine for me. I'm running on a 50Mbps internet connection though.
  8. macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
  9. macrumors member


    Dec 5, 2012
    Buenavista, Agusan Del Norte, Philippines
    Has to be. Mines been fine as well..
  10. macrumors newbie


    Oct 30, 2012
    Carson, CA
    I suspect a silver light problem. I have a mac mini 2.6 quad, 16GB RAM, 256 SSD using a 50 Mb/s internet and the playback is very crappy on Netflix when I compare it to Netflix on PS3 or on Apple TV. I mean it is night and day difference. The audio playback sucks immensely too, super compressed and no dolby digital.

    The new mac mini is more than capable to deliver because my Itunes HD rentals are stunning so I am ruling out hardware limitations.

    Netflix heavily limits the streaming bandwidth to browser based users. I will be trying to install windows 8 on my mac pretty soon so I wont be able to confirm my suspicions yet of bad silver-light implementation on Mac OSX.
  11. thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2012
    Thanks for the replies. I tried a core duo 2010 mac book pro hooked up to my monitor and it seemed to work a lot better. It's running SL also. So I think I can rule out the monitor and connections.

    I think it may be a silver light issue. I have tried diff browsers with no real success.


    Let me know how it works out for you. I may have to do the same!
  12. macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2011
    I have not really tried to use the browser for Netflix on the Mini, but I have not had any chop issues while running it through Plex to my TV. This may be due to it not using a browser and using an external client app(i.e. Xbox, PS3, etc). I have found that the apps, normally, perform better than browser sourced Netflix.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2012
    I had a similar issue using Chrome as my browser. Using Safari fixed it for me. (I have the exact same machine as you.)
  14. thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2012
    Its very strange i just played a hd movie perfectly thru itunes. But next flix is choppy even at the lowest (good) quality. Safari doesn't make a difference. But hey nevermind I don't really like the selection on netflix anyways. Maybe they will release a better version eventually. Atleast bbc i player, you tube and itunes work flawlessly!
  15. macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2012
    Same issues...
  16. macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2014
    I noticed that if I get out of fullscreen mode, it isn't choppy anymore. I have a Mid 2012 Macbook Pro 15", 2.7 GHz i7, Intel HD 4000 1024 MB.

    I have this funny feeling that it's playing in the browser window, and when I hit Fullscreen another layer just pops up over other, so maybe the graphics card has to do double the work? Something's screwy.


    Okay, switched from Firefox to Safari and it's working fine now.

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