There have been a lot of changes happening in the world of streaming video. One of the most recent situations has to do with the size of the data stream for those who choose to watch live streamed directly from the internet rather than downloading files and watching them later. Over the past several weeks I’ve noticed that many movies are in much higher sample rates and I’m getting more than a bearable amount of buffering. Buffering is when the device that is receiving the movie is unable to actually reassemble the movie in real time, or if you will, while you’re watching it. What happens is everything simply stops on the screen while the device waits either for more data or to build the video and audio. Quite discouraging. In some instances, this can be caused by using older equipment that simply does not have the processing power to get the job done, or by increased numbers of people all trying to use a limited amount of bandwidth. I tend to look after my equipment, and everything is pretty new, so I’m speculating that we may be on the threshold of another uptick in the way set-top devices are managing streaming movies. This happens every few years as the entire industry ever so slowly does a better job at delivering higher quality video. The push now is to move to 4K quality which can really strain most people connections, especially if you have multiple devices around your home with may all trying to watch their preferred show or movies.
What I doing during this transition period is to select slightly lower quality movies, like 1080P which is still pretty good. I worry that when I decide to move to 4K that I may be replacing pretty much everything in the home theater.
Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard