Still having trouble streaming High Definition content.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Blazer5913, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. Blazer5913 macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2004
    I just connect my MacBook Pro and my AppleTV via ethernet to a blazingly fast internet connect. Before, wirelessly on G it sucked, stuttering and buffering all the time. I was watching a 720p encode of We Own The Night, and at odd times throughout the movie, it just stopped played, and rebuffered (This is wired) and by the end, it compeletely froze up on us. I am so close to returning this thing, as I just cannot make the streaming stuff work... For you guys out there streaming HD (High definition mainly, b/c standard def works fine) video, please tell me how you do it. tricks you do to make it smooth, or settings adjusted. I am encoding most of my stuff via VisualHub, AppleTV settings, just 2 pass though. Most files are about 3.69gb... Thanks guys, and please help, I'm ripping my hair out...
  2. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Maybe you should wait until the update, and see if it makes it work more smoothly.
  3. EvilRob macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2008
    As a simple test, unplug the AppleTV and whatever is serving files to it from your normal network, and instead connect them together directly with a single ethernet cable. You will need to manually configure an IP address at each end of this connection. This may also require a crossover cable, but most modern Macs detect this condition and correct it automatically in the interface.

    This test will remove your local network (not your Internet connection) from the list of things that may be interrupting the streaming.

    Report back here.
  4. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    The AppleTV has generally a problem streaming content that has a bitrate of more than 3000kbit/sec
    I have HD content with bit rates up to 3600kbit/sec and watching them through streaming isn't fun at all. The movie pauses all the time. If I copy the movie to Apple TV then everything is ok...
    The Apple TV needs to work differently when streaming...maybe buffer x minutes of video first and then start playing the movie....
  5. billabong macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2004
    I have started have problems recently steaming HD content. I'm on a ethernet cord, but thinking of movie over to 802.11n will that help out? What do you use?
  6. Blazer5913 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2004
    For me, I can't imagine an "n" network could possibly be any faster than my wired ethernet connection here. I'm on a school university network (Boston College) and this connection is so fast. I mean, the movies load so quickly and barely any buffering now, but its still noticeably jittery at points throughout the movie, even during dialogue and such. What the hell...
  7. student101 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2007
    I stream videos encoded at 4,000kbps on a regular basis. I'm not going to say I've NEVER had a single problem but the overwhelming majority of the time the videos play without a hiccup.

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