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I still have yet to finish last seasons world cup online because 9 times out of 10, I don't have an internet connection fast enough to stream it.  Universal sports claims a 300Kbps (DSL?) or greater connection is required.  I have 9-11 Mbps at my house...33 times faster than they claim is required, and I still can't stream their video here.  I also have tried turning my Kapersky Anti-Virus off, Windows Defender off, Firewall off, clearing my browser history, removing all anti-virus software from my computer completely, and running AVG Free.  Still.  Not fast enough.

 

So.  How fast of a connection do all of you have so that you can stream Universal Sports video?

post #2 of 7

Have you tried having the browser window playing the stream be the only browser window/tab open, as well as shutting off all other programs that add to your CPU usage?

 

Do you use internet explorer?  I think that is the best browser to use.

 

 

My connection is slower than that, and I can play it skip-free if there's not a bunch of other stuff open on my desktop/browser.

post #3 of 7

Internet access depends on many variables, the connection bandwidth to your local ISP is just one. The ISP may be 'throttling' your connection, your ISP may be oversubscribed, or a link may be slow between you and the broadcast server. Also it might be you have an older PC and need an upgrade. Seems like even a 386 ought to play video but that's not the case.

 

Wired connections work much better than wireless.  Borrow a laptop from someone and plug it in and see if video is better. Quick way to eliminate one part of the puzzle.

 

Also, how well do other videos stream -  i.e. Vimeo or Youtube?

 

Also - with everything turned off your network link lights should not be going crazy, just flickering occasionally. If you know how check that all unnecessary services are stopped and disabled.

 

Check with a internet speed test  - 'DSL Reports' has one to check actual throughput.

 

Lastly, sorry, but my guess is it has nothing to do with your PC, and Universal has bandwidth problems but won't admit it. I hear that a lot about other streaming sites.

 

Last last - update all your software and drivers, especially java, flash and things like that.

 

 

Dave

 

 

 

 


Edited by dwoof2 - 7/18/11 at 7:32pm
post #4 of 7

Some days are better than others th_dunno-1[1].gif, but never good frown.gif

 

I went round & round with Universal last season.  They said I have plenty of speed etc.  I close everything else & cross my fingers.  They say they are trying to improve things, & I hope they have some success before next season.  I probably would subscribe to more events if the thing was actually reliable.  I have no problem watching any other videos over the internet.

JF

post #5 of 7
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Same here.  Other video sites work fine.  I did a thorough update on Windows, Microsoft Silverlite.  Shut down everything I could figure out how to shutdown.  Universal Sports video will not play in Internet Explorer.  Or at least, the version I have.  I havent tried that in awhile, but I think it had something to do with X64 system compatibility.  So I watch it in Firefox.

post #6 of 7
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Ok.  Tried it in Internet Explorer.  Had to open a separate 32-bit version of it (as opposed to the modern 64 bit), to get Microsoft Silverlight to work.

 

No dice.  Still freezing every 5 seconds.

post #7 of 7

I gave up trying to watch anything on that website. Nothing but problems for me.

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