How is Netflix on atv2 working for you??

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by CrAkD, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I've been watching Nip/Tuck on Netflix for the past week. Its been a pretty big pain. It constantly stops sometimes starts back up with no sound and I have to rewind it to see what I missed. Last night it started stopping every 2 minutes and I got extremely frustrated and decided to switch to watching on my xbox 360. The colors were a little dull on the xbox (could be that my plasma is on game mode by default on the xbox input) but it worked flawlessly after that. If it stopped at all it was once at the beginning of the episode and never stopped again after adjusting. both the xbox and atv2 are on Ethernet to my fios 35/35 Mbps net connection. So now I'm using my xbox instead of the atv. Hopefully apple fixes this problem in an update.

    Anyone else having problems with Netflix streaming?
  2. cdavis11 macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009
    I've seen some minor issues like what you describe. We run a Roku box as well, and switch from box to box to see if the behavior is the same - it usually is. It's normally right around prime viewing time - 8-10pm CST.

    Not a big deal, as it seems to buffer up and go away quickly. The aTV seems to handle it better than the Roku.
  3. gunthermic macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2010
    For the most part Netflix has been awesome through ATV2 and a Blue-ray player I have. I love to be able to start one in bedroom, and pick up on Plasma TV in living room with ATV2!!!
  4. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    I had a similar experience once a couple of weeks ago. It seemed to be limited to a particular show that I was watching at the time. Maybe there's a limit to the number of concurrent viewers that NetFlix can handle?

    I've also occasionally noticed issues connecting to NetFlix, but in most cases they clear up after a few minutes.

    Overall, I'm really happy with NetFlix on AppleTV. The interface on the ATV is better than the PS3, but I haven't really noticed any difference in the quality of streaming.
  5. outl4nd3r macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2008
    The only problem I've had with Netflix is there was one show that every episode played horizontal.. But it wasn't limited to the aTV, it did the same thing on my PS3, worked fine on the PC. Other then that, I love it! So does my family who argued with me that it was unnecessary. Now I can't get them off it.
  6. Karnivore macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2010
    No issues with Netlfix playback on my ATV2 through wi-fi. Never had video or audio freeze or drop out.
  7. Viremia macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2006
    It's worked very well for me. The only problem I had was with the audio on 1 episode of a show I was watching. They must have encoded the episode without a stereo downmix as it was missing the center channel info, specifically it had no dialog. That's a problem with Netflix, not the :apple:TV. I let them know about it and maybe they'll fix it sometime.
  8. RoarinRow macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2009
    Elk Grove, CA
    Netflix works way better than renting from iTunes that's for sure. With Netflix movies start within seconds. With iTunes I get an on screen message saying that the movie will start in 7 hours.

    There have been only a few times that Netflix paused while watching, but that probably has something to do with my wireless connection.
  9. Slower Pace macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2009
    La Grande, Oregon, USA
    Netflix streams great

    I have never had a problem streaming either HD or SD movies or TV shows on Netflix through my new :apple:TV. I have 5mbps DSL. My gripe is with iTunes movie downloads. They take forever to load and then pause while the buffer fills again. I have given up on iTunes until this issue is addressed or explained to me why I and thousands of others are having this problem. I understand the :apple:TV has an 8GB buffer. That can hold an entire movie! Why would it need to pause to fill the buffer again in the middle of the movie?
  10. jettie1767 macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2003
    New Jersey, USA
    No problems streaming Netflix on ATV2. Using fios here.
  11. andymodem macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    No problems for me with FiOS and ATV2, and I've watched every Top Gear episode they have.
  12. EvilC5 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    I have had a few issues with Law & Order SVU in HD pausing and losing audio, but seems to be like others said, right at prime time. I am using 35/35 fios so my net speed isnt an issue. I would guess its an issue with either netflix or ATV2 buffering enough of the show.

    I will say that I just got a samsung Blu Ray player that has NetFlix built in also, and the interface for it sucks compaired to the ATV2. On the BR, all I can do is watch what I have saved in my instant queue, but the ATV2, you have full access.
  13. George Knighton macrumors 65816

    George Knighton

    Oct 13, 2010
    The biggest problem I was having with Netflix was an occasional complaint about HDCP compliance.

    It'd be fine for days, and then suddenly my big Samsung would not be HDCP compliant. :shrug: No idea what was up with that.

    The last firmware update seems to have cured the problem, or at least I have not experienced it since the last update.

    As to the quality of the streaming, I usually do just fine using the media server settings on a Netgear 5 GHz sitting very close to the Apple TV 2.

    On very rare occasions during high usage periods, the image will visibly degrade but continue playing, and then it'll sharpen up when the stream improves. This has never happened for longer than maybe 45 seconds at a time, and I doubt it would be any better with any other streaming device.
  14. George Knighton macrumors 65816

    George Knighton

    Oct 13, 2010
    If it's an ongoing problem, I'd give them a call about it so that they can test your line for consistency. Sometimes you can test very high speed downloads, but it's still not a jitter free stream that would work for highest quality video and audio.

    Do you get a grade of "A" at
  15. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
  16. gri macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2004
    New York City, aka Big Apple
    No major issues. Occasionally some short stopping and problems connecting to Netflix, which resolve either after re-trying or a restart of the aTV2. So far I love it.
  17. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    I don't have an AppleTV to comment, but I do watch Netflix streaming via my BluRay. I notice at prime time whatever I'm watching will start to stop to buffer a lot. I'm not sure how AppleTV handles it, but what I usually do is stop and resume the show I'm watching. When Netflix starts a video on my player, it will check the link speed and when the show finally resumes it is lesser quality but won't buffer any more.

    This only happens with HD shows for me.
  18. CrAkD thread starter macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    thats what I dont get about the apple tv. when it stops the atv doesnt do anything just waits for it to start again. when it stops on xbox it readjusts the stream to keep it from stopping.
  19. ibookster macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2004
    Same here - I even stream trough Strong Vpn and it works pretty good
  20. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    Ugh. I didn't want to read about this issue. The main reason I want to upgrade my ATV1 to an ATV2 is to use Netflix and not have to use my XBox for it.
  21. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    I think most of the posts on this thread are suggesting that the issue is with NetFlix service or ISP Service or simply with network congestion during primetime, not with the AppleTV.

    I'm watching NetFlix extensively through AppleTV, and have found it much easier to navigate than the PS3 client (Which I've heard is better than the one on the XBox). I have not noticed a difference in the stream quality between the 2 devices, just that the ATV UI is far better.
  22. CrAkD thread starter macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    ive been going back and forth since posting this thread. I def like the apple tv UI better as finding more seasons in a series etc is much easier to do on the atv but I still feel like the xbox handles the stream better during those times the network is congested. where the xbox will lower the quality a little to get it to play rather then continue to stop the ATV2 will just stop. plus Ive only had the audio drop on the ATV2 hasnt dropped at all on the xbox.
  23. aduteau macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    Does any of you wish that Apple TV would have an option for Netflix to keep showing watched content in Genre ?

    Because once you watched a movie ... its gone from Genre ... and only stays in the "Recently watched" section .. until you have watched too many and gets booted off that section also.

    Its easy to forget watched movies if they are not in the Genre section ...

    Anyone else feels the same ?
    Is this problem also on Xbox 360 ?
  24. yankintx macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2010

    I tried watching a movie this past Monday evening while a gizzillion people were online shopping....and I gave up!
  25. aced411 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    For us it's been periodically very slow. Clicking on a category can take 10-15 seconds sometimes. Also occasionally the show pauses to buffer. I occasionally use the PS3 version and have found it to be a faster/more reliable experience.

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