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Hulu Constantly Buffering.

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by DeDondeEs, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. JashuaPatricio

    JashuaPatricio New Member

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    Hulu and YouTube both get stuck loading. I wouldn’t call it a buffering issue. They just stop working untill you close and reopen the app. It has never worked properly and only serves as a misleading value-add to Tivo marketing. This deserves a class action lawsuit due to lack of response
     
  2. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

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    Just spend the $30 and get a Roku.
    If you bought a Tivo for streaming, then return it for a full refund within 30 days.
    If neither of these options work for you, then good luck getting a lawyer to take your frivolous case.
     
  3. dfreybur

    dfreybur Active Member

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    The Roamio OTA merges broadcast plus several streaming accounts. Ever since they stopped putting in DVD burners, that's been the strong point of Tivo. That's how it beats any cable DVR.

    Merged account streaming is one of the two core functionalities of Tivo. To the extent that one of the apps works poorly (pointing at you, Hulu app) that makes Tivo lose to the competition.

    Smart TVs now tend to come with a built-in Roku. Buying new hardware today there's no longer even need to have a Roku box. Just press the Source button to display from the smart TV's internal applications.
     
  4. JashuaPatricio

    JashuaPatricio New Member

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    I have a Roku and could care less about a frivolous lawsuit. These lawsuits have been made against other companies for the same type of negligence and continue to win. The point is TiVo has had this issue from day 1, have never made the apps completely functional, and continue to market the device as an all-in-one.
     
  5. hybucket

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    I watch Hulu on Samsung Smart TV and it does this all the time. I have Netflix and Amazon and they work fine. Hulu is a POS and people should complain and then unsubscribe. To say nothing of the ads....
     
  6. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

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    No problem on my Roku.
    $4 extra and no commercials
     
  7. ximwix

    ximwix New Member

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    YMMV, but this worked for me:

    Once a video starts playing in Youtube, you can press down to get to the play/pause controls. If you go left from there, all the way to the left there is a "quality" icon (which is sometimes invisible for me until I highlight it). From there, I discovered that it was streaming at 4k, even though my TV is 1080p. I switched it to use 1080p instead and I haven't had the buffering issue since.

    No idea if Hulu has a similar setting, since I don't use it.
     
  8. Dale432

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    I signed up for HULU Live TV trial last week and the buffering became crazy. After spending two days of doing all the trouble shooting on every possible fix I could find online, I picked up the phone and started to call Roke/Hulu/ and my internet service provider and here is what I am being told. To get "live" streaming TV, you must have a minimum internet upload and download speed of 8 mbps. Everything I was told or saw always talked about the download speed. Not one thing I saw said anything about the upload speed. I have requested an upgrade in my internet speed at a total increase in my internet bill of $1. Hope this helps out.
     
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  9. tenthplanet

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    Hulu has been cursed on Tivo since the days of the Tivo Premiere units. It's not uncommon for different streaming platforms to have different Hulu bugs in the past. As much as people hate the look on the new interface of Hulu it has become fairly stable on streaming platforms. Now it up to them to get their Tivo app in order, yes them...it's Hulu, we can't blame this on Tivo (well not this time).
     
  10. tenthplanet

    tenthplanet Active Member

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    It should help live internet streaming is a bit more demanding, been through this with Sling TV and Direct TV Now.
     
  11. Okiesnipe

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  12. mkmck

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    I do the same thing, but yesterday, for the first time, the app would not let my wife back in. It just kept spinning. We've had these buffering problems for a while, and have been using the app on our LG OLED with no issues at all. My wife forgot, and used the Tivo app instead, which is how she ran into this problem yesterday. We have the latest update, with the new interface. How can this STILL not be fixed, after all the complaints and a brand new update? It's pretty ridiculous...
     
  13. mkmck

    mkmck New Member

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    That link gets you this message: The page you were looking for doesn't exist. Please search or browse our site to find the information you need.
     
  14. sheshechic

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    For the record, I had the same problem with Hulu on my rokus too. I thought it was my tivo, then tried Roku Ultra, then Roku 3. I was bingeing a series and it would have problems after watching two episodes each time. Eventually, I couldn't get back in. I uninstalled the app on the roku and got back in, but I still got buffering. This seems to be a Hulu problem. Maybe they're giving priority to their live tv service?
     
  15. kpeters59

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    I just got off the phone with Hulu Support as I'm about to head off and to try to resolve a Roamio/Hulu issue. I figured I'd just obtain new hardware and wanted to determine the least troublesome device. (he said Firestick like 30 times...)

    He also said there were like zero reports of buffering on TiVo and said that "they'd resolved" all outstanding issues.

    Since I don't do Amazon due to differences in our politics, I'll probably install a Roku (don't buy anything below the 3600 models).

    Here's the telephone number to Hulu Support:


    1 (888) 265-6650

    -KP
     
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