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Why downloads so slow, incomplete?

Discussion in 'TiVo Stream' started by cwoody222, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

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    My TiVo Stream downloads have gotten extremely slow lately. I got my stream for Christmas and it seems to be worse than it used to be. I have a basic Premiere unit with ~15MB download speed Time Warner Cable. My TiVo is hardwired and I'm transferring to an iPhone 5.

    Typically an hour-long download takes 20-30 minutes when the TiVo "estimates" it should only take a fraction of that time.

    2 out of my last 3 downloads were also incomplete in that the video just stops playing at a certain point in the video. Repeated downloads of the same episode has the same behavior.

    I tried downloading the same show that took ~20 minutes at home yesterday in my office this morning (on WiFi) and it's up to 50 minutes so far.

    I rebooted my Stream last night and that didn't seem to help much.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Out of home downloads go through a TiVo proxy server that from my experiment limits download speeds to ~1.85 Mbps:
    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=511445

    i.e. For out of home downloads, assuming your ISP uploads > 2 Mbps it's the TiVo proxy server that's limiting your speeds. For in home downloads the proxy server is not used and hence don't have that limitation.
     
  3. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    Have you ran any Internet speed checks on your home Internet connection to confirm that your home upstream speed is decent and you are getting the speeds your provider has established for your home Internet connection? It's not unusual for home ISP 's to have issues causing sudden lower speeds than they are suppose to offer, you have to have a healthy upload capacity before it hits TiVo's proxy servers otherwise it will only get slower.

    A couple months ago I had Netflix problems and found my cable provider had serious headend issues, my Internet worked but had less than a third of it normal speed. It wasn't until I reported that the problem and kept on them, did they finally find the problem was theirs outside my house and not in my house.
     
  4. Austin Bike

    Austin Bike New Member

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    Also try rebooting your home router. I have found that mine gets a little flaky after a few weeks of heavy use and a reboot fixes that
     
  5. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

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    What about slow IN HOME downloads. I'm talking like an hour to download an hour show.

    How should I troubleshoot that?
     
  6. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Reboot everything, especially router & TiVo/Stream.
     
  7. ADent

    ADent Active Member

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    Mine is useless.

    It got really slow in home, then many to most shows get a glitch in them and it stops transferring at that point.

    It is much more reliable to export via KTTMG and then encode with Handbrake.
     
  8. Jul 6, 2014 #8 of 17
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    Bulldawg9908 New Member

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    This is ridiculous. I have a steady 20 mbit/s up at home and typically have 60+ down where I download, but I can't even watch a show while it downloads because it's so slow. Why is TiVo taking on the extra expense of running a proxy server when the only effect is to limit the speed we can achieve? Why can't the proxy hand it off to a direct connection once the connection is made?

    Has anyone had any luck tricking their iPad into thinking it's on the home network using a VPN or a tunnel of some sort?

    BTW, I've seen slow speeds when downloading at home too. Resetting my iPad fixed it.
     
  9. Aug 2, 2014 #9 of 17
    ADent

    ADent Active Member

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    Here is another show. Haven't used this in awhile, thought I would give it a try.

    This one did download over the internet. But it has a "Problem Playing Recording, An unknown error occurred." 38 min into the 60 min show.

    As soon as I hit play on the phone the error box pops up - so no fast forward or scrubbing past the bad bit.

    Uggh.
     
  10. erugar

    erugar New Member

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    I've been running into this frequently as of late with shows I've downloaded to my iPad in-home. I've rebooted everything multiple times to no avail. Easily 60-70% of the shows I try to watch after downloading to my iPad have this problem.

    I don't know if it's a coincidence or not, but I feel like the majority of the time that it happens is when I'm hitting the 30 second skip button to go through commercials. It'll be playing fine, commercials will start and I'll start skipping forward and then I get this infuriating error.

    Download speeds, while sucky, haven't been as bad as others have seen. I think I typically see ~20 minutes for an hour show.
     
  11. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    That's in home downloads which have improved over last couple of TiVo and/or iOS software updates. As pointed out above, out of home downloads go through a proxy server that limits downloads to about ~1.8 Mbps which means at best quality way over 1 hour of download time per 1 hour of show.
     
  12. dso

    dso New Member

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    Streaming seems to work great both in-home and away, where I run into problems is downloading content, 1 hour programs usually run over 2 hours to transfer, I run a gigabit backbone, and a brand new airport extreme, I dont get it, I can get the same if not better download speeds from away from home.
     
  13. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

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    I recently replaced my Premiere/Stream setup with a Roamio and I'm now getting around 20mins to download an hour show in-home.
     
  14. morac

    morac Cat God

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    At what quality?

    I'm currently downloading an hour long HD program at medium quality from my Roamio Pro in home using it's internal stream and it's been going at least 10 minutes and it's only about half done, it's about 20 minutes at medium quality. Looking at my router's bandwidth meter the transfer maxes out at about 6 Mbps.

    That doesn't mesh with the 9 minutes TiVo estimates for medium and the 16 minutes for best.

    I am unable to download to my iPad and stream to my iPhone at the same time. I get a bandwidth too low error.
     
  15. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

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    I was downloading basic quality.
     
  16. Markwjeske

    Markwjeske New Member

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    Just wanted to add a couple thoughts. I recently got a tivo stream and was having horribly slow download performance to my iPad air. I have ethernet to my 4 tuner roamio and ethernet to the tivo stream. An apple time capsule, not the latest, but supports wifi n.

    After messing around for a couple days with no improvement I went over to fry's today and bought a very expensive nether nighthawk x4 wifi router. I simply replaced my time capsule with this and within about 30 minutes I was downloading a movie from the roamio to my iPad. Took 20 minutes. The exact same movie I had been trying to download for the past two days where it was always saying at least 5-6 hours left when using the time capsule.

    Nothing else in my environment changed. I consider it money well spent. Hopefully this helps someone else.

    Mark
     
  17. Markwjeske

    Markwjeske New Member

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    Sorry, that's 'netgear' nighthawk x4 router.
     

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