any way to force a lower quality stream?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by apple.snapple, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. apple.snapple macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2014
    Hey all. I have an issue with ATV3 and WatchESPN. ESPN plays beautifully in the middle of the night, in the middle of the day, but NEVER in the evenings. In fact, my 50 mbps TWC package drops to about 5-8 mbps from about 5 to 10 pm.

    So, the result is a stuttering, freezing, lagging mess. I have to back out to the game list and restart the stream every 10-15 minutes.

    My question is, is there any way to reduce the stream bitrate in any way? With netflix, I can go on and set it to stream at a lower bitrate. Is there any way to do this with ESPN?

  2. JeffPerrin macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2014
  3. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Maybe you should upgrade your internet connection. "50" is the maximum and cable, as you see, is usually not at the maximum.
  4. apple.snapple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2014
    Well, it's either 50 from TWC or 5 from DSL.
    In fact, we were thinking about downgrading to 20 since the times we actually need the internet, we never get above 10.

    Regardless, thanks for the suggestion.
  5. StinDaWg macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2012
    You need to call TWC and get that fixed. I have the 50/5 package and I get a consistent 56 Mbps down/5.75 up at all times.

    Either that or you've got someone in your house torrenting without your knowledge, lol.
  6. apple.snapple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2014
    Yeah, this is a road I've been down for the last 5 years or so...
    They send a tech, say "I don't see a problem", and they stand by their "50 mbps MAX" talk... as in, it can be ZERO and still be within terms of use.
  7. RhythmAndBlues macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2015
    I feel your pain, brother. This is the reason why I refuse to stream anything that I care about watching - I may get 60Mbps 'peak', but there are times that dies off to next-to-nothing, and for that reason it can't be relied upon.

    Ten years from now, we'll look back on this crap and wonder how we ever put up with it.
  8. JoelTheSuperior macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2014
    London, UK
    Basically sounds like you've got contention issues in your area.

    Unfortunately ISPs are known for basically not fixing these ever so it wouldn't be a bad idea to downgrade to be honest - you definitely wouldn't lose anything during peak times anyway (assuming you keep the same modem - a drop to DOCSIS 2.0 wouldn't be much fun).

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