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Posted 2/18/16 , edited 2/18/16
I've been trying to watch videos at max resolution, but I think there's something that's capping what I can buffer to about ten seconds. No matter how long I leave a video paused it will never get further along than a few seconds and then stop. I have already tried setting my DNS servers, I have enabled hardware acceleration, and I have set the local storage to unlimited. It still does it. It also doesn't matter what browser I'm using as I've tried Firefox and Chrome. I have the latest versions of Flash and Javascript and have already reinstalled them.

Is there anything at all I can try, or am I just going to have to cancel my subscription?
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Posted 2/18/16

HadashiBlack wrote:

I've been trying to watch videos at max resolution, but I think there's something that's capping what I can buffer to about ten seconds. No matter how long I leave a video paused it will never get further along than a few seconds and then stop. I have already tried setting my DNS servers, I have enabled hardware acceleration, and I have set the local storage to unlimited. It still does it. It also doesn't matter what browser I'm using as I've tried Firefox and Chrome. I have the latest versions of Flash and Javascript and have already reinstalled them.

Is there anything at all I can try, or am I just going to have to cancel my subscription?


This is an anti-piracy feature of the player. If you're unable to stream at max resolution, you should try lowering the resolution to see if that improves playback performance.
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Posted 2/19/16 , edited 2/19/16
What? Really?


Is there any way around this? I mean, without actually pirating the shows?
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Posted 2/19/16

HadashiBlack wrote:

What? Really?


Is there any way around this? I mean, without actually pirating the shows?


You could try improving your Internet connection. No shows are animated at 1080p, so you're not necessarily getting anything extra by watching at the max resolution.
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Posted 2/19/16 , edited 2/19/16

HadashiBlack wrote:

What? Really?


Is there any way around this? I mean, without actually pirating the shows?


Use one of the other /devices instead of watching in a web browser (plus a new app was released for Android TV, which doesn't seem to be on there yet). Those all use a different CDN than the web delivery does, plus, the subs are hard-coded there, so, unlike your PC, it is less complicated; you don't have to maintain and coordinate two simultaneous streams...

My own current choice is an Insignia 55" Roku TV, but a Roku stick or a chromecast can be had for somewhere between $30-$40 as probably the cheapest options, unless you already own one of the other tablets, game consoles, etc.

Although, to be impartial, I don't think any of those are completely wart-free, either...they each seem to have had individual reports of other (different) glitches here and there, and there can be a minor learning curve to start for one or two of them.

For all we know CR may be working on a solution, but having been burned in the past with zillions of anticipatory complaints, they no longer announce whether they are working on something (or not) until it is fait accompli. If that happens (and it's a big "if"), it will be announced in the site news section.
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Posted 2/19/16 , edited 2/19/16

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Use one of the other /devices instead of watching in a web browser (plus a new app was released for Android TV, which doesn't seem to be on there yet). Those all use a different CDN than the web delivery does, plus, the subs are hard-coded there, so, unlike your PC, it is less complicated; you don't have to maintain and coordinate two simultaneous streams...


Ever since I've been using my Chromecast, I've had no issues. The web browser needs a serious improvement and speaking hypothetically, my guess is the reason they stopped talking about updates might be because of the low user numbers? I would think the majority of CR viewers watch from devices rather than their actual PC or laptop, so dumping money into this just for a few people might not be in their best interest at the moment.
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Posted 2/20/16
Plex Media Server and Kodi Media Center (formerly XBMC) have plugins that can be used to catch one of the other device streams to play on your PC. It doesn't seem to suffer from buffering issues as much plus the video rendering is much smoother and sharper as well as better audio decoding and rendering features over flash.
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Posted 2/20/16 , edited 2/20/16
Thanks a lot asharka, that seems like a great solution. I've tried downscaling to 720 dpi, but the videos are noticeably blurry and the buffer problem is still exactly the same. :P

Though I'm wondering why there isn't a PC version yet.
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Posted 2/20/16
I made my own version of the Kodi plugin in the form of a Chrome extension. Here is the link if you want to try it out:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cr-hls-player/aeajdeepnjjdekpbicjhfldagkjndjid
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Posted 2/25/16 , edited 2/25/16
this works for "DELAYED PLAYBACK" issue as well
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