Several readers have reported problems with Watch Instantly download speeds. Sami writes:
I pick a show to play - initially, the browser downloads something (possibly a new video viewing tool, or just the initial buffer of the video), then the video starts playing. However, after a minute or two, I get a message "your internet connection has slowed down" (or something to that effect), and the video player starts downloading a larger buffer.
This started happening a month or so again, and these download times are getting longer and longer. Just tonight, I was watching a 25-minute episode of an anime series "Legend of Himiko" - getting the video started took four minutes, and during the intro (two minutes into the episode), the tool started downloading more buffer for nine minutes!
Matt writes his blog:
Based on these investigations, I'm inclined to conclude that the problem is in fact on Netflix's end. It would not be terribly surprising if they are experiencing problems handling the growing demands on their capacity driven by recent publicity about their new policy of allowing unlimited instant viewing for all but their lowest subscription level users. I'm interested to see if others have experienced the same drop off in connection quality rating that I have in the past few days, and what, if any, techniques others have found to overcome the seemingly deceptive poor ratings.
Are you experiencing problems with Netflix's Watch Instantly feature?