Differences in waiting before playing an HD movie

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by pandaurae, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. pandaurae macrumors newbie

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    I have a situation that i am trying to understand and fix but am not really sure whats going on.

    I have an Apple TV that i have at home. Its directly wired to a switch that is part of my home network. The switch is directly wired to our 5mb cable modem. When i rent an HD movie it would download about 5% and then show that the movie is available to play.

    I brought the apple tv to my parents house because i want to get them and i wanted to test everything first. I have it connected wirelessly to a gateway thats connected to 3mb dsl. When i rented an HD movie its currently at 39% downloaded and it still has not shown thats its availble to play.

    What i am trying to figure out is why it thinks it needs to download alot more before being ready to play in this configuration than the configuration i have at home. One of the reasons i wanted to get them one was because it was easy to rent movies and watch them pretty quickly. At home it takes about 5-10 minutes to download 5-6% and i can start watching it. In this other configuration its now up to 40% downloaded in about an hour and it still wont let me start it.

    Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. toddngina macrumors member

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    Feb 13, 2008
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    It's due to the speed of the internet connection. Apple TV won't start playing a movie until it judges it can finish downloading it in the time it takes to play it (with an unknown buffer). Your folks are most likely not seeing the full 3 Mbps speed at their end of the pipe - for whatever reason. They just need a faster internet connection to play it as quickly as you.
     

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