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Scott Howell

Lately, my old LGBD300 refuses to stream in HD now, it's so annoying, and I have a wired connection.

Mike

Another fine Instant Watcher website:
http://thenowhereman.com/netflix/

rjejr

I'm not sure how useful that was for me as I don't have a Roku - and I'm a daily regular here - but I did like the 4 little circle connection indicator, reminded me of Hulu.

On the Wii you can get actual speed in numbers - shocking I know - by hitting the 2 button on the Wiimote. On the PS3 you don't get numbers but you do get low, med, hi coupled with SD and HD by hitting SELECT which may be better for people who don't know what the number means, who are likely to be the people using the Wii.

Here's my tip to Nintendo - include an ethernet jack on the Wii2 (or better yet on an HD remodel which needed to be released yesterday).

dAVe

I have Roku (wired), PS3 (wired) and Wii (wireless but 8 feet from the WAP) but have computers, smartphones and other WiFi appliances that use wireless throughout my home. Janko's quote of "WiFi is hit or miss" is dead-on. I added a second WAP (wireless access point) to my home network just to resolve the reliability issues.

Janko's fifth recommendation for NetFlix streaming is my first to anyone considering long-duration video feeds. Use the Ethernet cable and find a way to hide it! My second recommendation is steer clear of streaming during the Internet peak bandwidth consumption hours: 8-10PM locally, or 8PM Eastern - 10PM Pacific because you really don't know where the CDN servers are located in the Cloud.

Bobby

I would Recommend to Netflix to remove their stupid pointless DMR to improve streaming Quality

PurpleRobot

Have had an Apple TV for a few months now and ever since the current software update (4.1.1) Netflix performance has been abysmal. Before it was rock solid (HD 720p when avail). Now it always re-buffers and jumps between resolutions. very frustrating. I've gone back to streaming over our Wii or sitting in front of a laptop. Then it just works. sigh.

BP

The single most important thing Netflix could do to improve streaming quality FOR US, not necessarily FOR THEM, would be to recognize that a streaming 'queue' makes a lot less sense (TO US) than would a multitude of streaming 'libraries'.

I can see many reasons why Netflix has not altered the queue system. Among them would be storage and other technical limitations and a desire not to alter a system that just plain works well for both them and us. Further, Netflix are still a movie rental company, in spite of (not despite) the fact that they are increasingly being viewed as people's one-stop-shop for movie viewing. The lines between renting and owning quickly blur TO US when you introduce streaming from the cloud.

On the other hand, Netflix are innovators. At least, that's how they position themselves, and I agree. To innovate the way in which we find, queue, rate, suggest, view suggestions and ultimately watch films is the next logical step for Netflix to take to cement their position as head of the "new media" world. A quick stroll over at Instantwatcher today proved that Netflix's current system is fatally flawed as, despite my 5000+ ratings, it couldn't even suggest to me the handful of my FAVORITE FILMS EVER that had just been tossed onto streaming these past couple weeks. What's further is that when I found these films I couldn't add them to my queue, as between the queue itself and the "saved films" I'm always at 500.

This problem is exacerbated by numerous issues, such as the fact that keeping "The X-Files" in my queue takes up 9 slots, always. Hercules takes up 6, Stargate takes up 9, Atlantis takes up 5, and etc. Soon, the separated TV seasons eat up a chunk of my queue. Don't even get me started on MST3K! And while the obvious answer is to remove that which I've all ready watched, every librarian the world over knows that out of sight is truly out of mind. This might superficially work to Netflix's advantage, but for a company that wants to be the centerpiece of my living room, it's a detriment.

To allow separate libraries would allow us to be suggested films based on those libraries. For a "horror" library composed of Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Lon Chaney flicks it would suggest Boris Karloff's brilliant turn as Frankenstein, whereas with my current queue and ratings it does not. It would also allow me to add horror films to my horror library that I might want to watch some dark night without excluding me from adding a film I DEFINITELY will want to watch tomorrow simply because my queue is full, thus causing me to forget about it.

Call it a library, or a collection or whathaveyou, but it's a system that sorely needs to be implemented and would greatly improve ratings and accessibility across the board. When I'm having a party I want to watch something different (such as the MST3K episode "Final Justice" or possibly some Lenny Bruce) than if my wife and I want to cozy up and watch something before bed (most often Top Gear, thank you very much). I'm also likely to want to have a different "library" for watching on my Xbox than I do on my PC or etc. As Netflix is setup now I have to keep everything together in a giant mishmash, and yes, I could sort the queue to have "sections", but it's still not nearly as convenient as walking over to my bookshelf and picking out a DVD and I still have to commit film selection triage due to queue length.

Again, I understand all of the reasons Netflix hasn't and most likely won't implement a different streaming management system. There are many sound business decisions and technical reasons why. Should they choose to implement a new "library"/queue feature then that would be just another reason for people to cut the cord and go pure Netflix.

Until that time... does anyone know of a Greasemonkey script that could do this for me?

We all have our "pet projects" that we wish Netflix would implement but I truly believe this is one absolutely nobody could find fault in.

-BP

Rocketboy_X

Cool story, bro.

Jank0

BP, it sounds like Netflix is actively thinking about alternatives to the streaming queue... I recently wrote a story about it on NewTeeVee:

http://gigaom.com/video/netflix-instant-queue/

alex

I dont think any of these will help fix Tivo buffering problems.

Boscohouse

I use the InstaFlicka Podcast to find good movies to watch on streaming.

http://instaflicka.squarespace.com/

J

Towards the end of this video, right after he talks about instantwatcher.com , he mentions some "top ten tricks" but I couldn't make out his reference where that could be found. Can anybody help me with that?

Fatfishy

i think you are looking for this http://gigaom.com/video/netflix-tools-tips-tricks/ i didnt find any info in this video new or educational to me anyways might be good for the noob

Fatfishy

i dont use it all the time generally stick to instantwatcher but discovering movies on netflix with jinni.com can be fun

FearNo1

@ BP
Wow...a non-malicious post from you. Good job :-) I agree that NF needs to find a new way for queue management, as the scrolling can get annoying. Perhaps they can break the listing down by movie genre.

NF also needs a way of promoting new releases on IW better. If they can implement something like instantwatcher.com's top 50 streamed movies, new and noteworthy, etc that would greatly improve their site and can reduce DVD shipments.

NJtoTX

One thing he should have mentioned about the wireless connection is to upgrade the router to N band. Much increased range and signal strength over the older routers. I got mine for about $50.

PatB

Here are my five tips for you Cord Cutters.

1. Get a spokesman who doesn't have a heavy accent.

2. Have him get a haircut.

3. Have him wear better clothes.

4. Get a producer who knows how to do graphics.

5. Offer advice that is not so obvious to anyone who has ever used Netflix. I'm surprised he didn't tell people to check to see if their TV was plugged in.

Fred Jenkins

PatB: Stop propagating the Ugly American stereotype.

M.O.

I am not a 'techie' and his tips were extremely helpful to me, so per another poster, that makes me a 'noob'? Anyhow, I will play with his recommendations.

julie

J,

Referenced link:

http://gigaom.com/video/netflix-tools-tips-tricks/

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