Download Times of HD Content? Should it take this long?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by imacericg, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. imacericg macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    At 8pm, My wife and I purchased the inaugural HD movie from our new Apple TV last night and we waited around 30min for the screen to say "Your movie is ready to watch". We clicked play and was blown away by the clarity of the picture. 15min into the movie it stopped as it played what has downloaded that far. Disappointed, we switched over to Tivo and right before I went to bed at 10:30pm, it was only 1/2 downloaded.

    We have 4MB internet from RoadRunner and I did a speed test (while Apple TV was downloading) and got 800k per second.

    Is my Internet too slow? Are Apple's servers slow? What do you think is going on?
  2. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I am finding the movie download times from iTS to be running very slowly (non-HD) and I have 8Mb DSL with effective download speeds of 6.5Mbs from most sites to the computer. For some reason, however, my AppleTV downloads seem very slow.
  3. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    I have 6mbps DSL from ATT here in Maumee, Ohio and can start playing HD rentals within minutes of purchasing them. I think the quickest was "Live Free or Die Hard" which started 2 minutes after buying, and the longest was 10 minutes over this past weekend.
  4. imacericg thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    I am thinking of calling TimeWarner and boosting my speed up for a month as a test.
  5. Avatar74 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    Doing a speed test WHILE you have things downloading isn't going to tell you anything useful. You need to stop all other active downloads/uploads and run a test. Go here and do the test from the nearest location and tell us what the results are.

    If you're getting below 80% of your subscribed speed you may need to contact your service provider.
  6. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    I think Vudu advertised that they needed at least a 4 Mbps connection for HD viewing, but I assume that their 1080p movies are larger.

    I've never had to wait more than a few minutes, but I've seen speeds in the 12 Mbps range on a good day on the speakeasy test (I get a good cable signal).
  7. chuckles:) macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2006
    Thats because you are in London, and apple dosn't have movie servers in europe yet. When all that data has to go through the trans atlantic cables, you don't have a chance at 6.5mb/s. For me, in toronto, i takes about 5 min for an Hd rental to start. When i tried to rent a movie in Tel Aviv, it took almost three hours (at a similar connection speed).
  8. toddngina macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2008
    Ya'll got it easy. Here in Baghdad it took me 3 days to download an SD rental onto my computer. Think I'll stick to the bootlegs at the hajii shop for now. ;)
  9. jb60606 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    Keep in mind, an HD movie is typically between 3 and 6GB in size. I don't own a ATV yet, but I used to download HD movies from Xbox Live and they wouldn't start playing until at least half the movie was delivered. Over the 3mbps connection I had at the time, that took about 2hrs +/- (over wireless)until it was ready to play. At least Xbox didn't tease you with little chunks of the movie every 10mins
  10. imacericg thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    I plan on doing the speedtest as Avatar74 suggested. I think I might have to choose the movie, then make dinner and come back to watching the movie. This defeats the purpose of the "almost instant" movie renting though.
  11. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA
    Still, it beats waiting for Blockbuster or Netflix.
  12. imacericg thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    I ran three speed tests different times of last night and got the following download speeds:

    Those numbers look great and I am thinking it was a one-time thing. I will download another HD movie soon and report.

    Thanks everyone for their help!

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