Buffer more content to smooth playback when streaming

Discussion in 'TiVo Suggestion Avenue' started by UncleJeff, Dec 12, 2017.

Would you like your TiVo to buffer more streaming content while playback is paused?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. UncleJeff

    UncleJeff New Member

    Dec 4, 2016


    During prime time, Xfinity VOD goes to the dogs. Even a standard def program hesitates every few seconds from about 8pm to 10pm most nights (so I don't even try anymore).

    Since my TiVo Bolt has hundreds of GB free, it ought to be able to read ahead and build a bigger buffer so that doesn't happen. Even if it can't do so in real-time, if I pause playback, it should then be able to get well ahead so when I hit play again it will run smoothly.

    Sadly, it doesn't. I paused for several minutes and then resumed playback; within 30 seconds it was stumbling again. VOD is unwatchable in that condition. I bet TiVo's programmers are clever enough to detect data underflows and then try to prefetch more data, especially while paused. Please add such smarts to the next Bolt software update.

    The tricky part will be convincing Comcast to allow a big enough buffer of their precious content that it can become watchable.
  2. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    Not seeing that issue (Comcast in Staunton VA on a Roamio Pro). Possibly a Comcast issue in your area? Have any friends in your neighborhood that you could test at their house even with a Comcast device?

  3. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Comcast OnDemand on a tivo is not fed over the internet, it is more akin to SDV as it takes a tuner to utilize. I'm no expert, but I don't see this as a likely "buffering" issues.

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