Boxee playback stutters

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by toddngina, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. toddngina macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2008
    I uploaded the Boxee hack, and notice that the video playback from pretty much any internet source stutters quite a bit. Hulu is the worst, making the video unwatchable at worst and head-ache inducing at best. It's not my internet connection speed - I can watch HD rentals almost instantly on a 20 mbps line. Southpark actually works pretty good. I'm I the only one having this problem? What could I have done wrong? I followed the directions on the upgrade from CNET. I did notice that when I select "update" in the menu, the same 3 updates keep showing and never go away, regardless of how many times I select and supposedly install them.

    Any ideas?
  2. albarran9 macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2008
    router maybe? my friend had the same problem with watching podcasts that were streamed to the atv. He had his computer hooded up via ethernet and the atv via wireless g router, which he later replaced with an Apple n router and it fixed the problem.
  3. dmm219 macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    I think this is pretty common. Most sites warn of the current state of stuttering on Hulu with boxee. I've notice sometimes its better and sometimes it worst. It usually doesn't affect animiations as much as other shows. I've had less problems watching fringe than other shows. I tried to watch the first episode of crusoe and had to turn it off it was so bad.

    Remember, this is free software, its a hack, its not something official from Apple, AND its an alpha released. It will take some time for this to improve, but it will. Boxee is pushing out updates pretty quickly. I'd imagine in a couple of months, the stuttering will all but disappear.
  4. solidgoldmini macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2004
    In a house. On a street. In a city.
    As far as the same updates showing up, that's the way it is. The most recent versions are always shown in the Update menu even if it's the version you're currently using.
    The jerkiness seems to have arrived with the latest version which is 4166. Before that, Hulu was definitely watchable. Check out the Boxee forums, especially this thread where people are discussing the jerkiness...

    The version immediately prior to this one wasn't as jerky. There may be a way to get the previous version on there, but I don't know. Maybe the forums there will have an answer.

    The good news is that the Boxee admins seem to be looking into the problem, so hopefully a new version will be around soon.

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