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I've found that the streaming/buffering issues occur almost cyclically: about once every month or month and a half, for a few days, I cannot watch a video without it stuttering. Of course, the commercials always play without disruption. Is it a coincidence that my streaming problems seem to recur and resolve on a regular schedule? Perhaps. But like many other viewers I've done the diagnostic work on my end and I know the problem is not with my hardware, software or Internet connection.Hulu, you've heard us and should know by now that for most of us the problem does not lie with us. Do what you can.
Hey has anyone tried route tracing via command prompt? type in "tracert hulu.com" (no quotations) it should show you how many hops it takes to get from your PC to Hulu server if you get timeouts theres a problem i myself get timeouts EVERY SINGLE TIME at the last hop before arriving at Hulu.com NOTE: the first few hops will be going thru your ISP then hopping to other companies to get to hulu.com Lets do this and see who's at fault
So before reading this thread, I was going crazy thinking there was something wrong on my end - old computer, slow connection, etc. Now, however, I'm sure it's Hulu and not me. Some of the videos still play well for me, but some that used to play fine are now very slow (as someone said earlier, like a 'slideshow'). For example, I can watch 'Angel' alright, but 'Castle' is torture. Ugh, I'm so disappointed. I used to love Hulu but now it's so frustrating! Please, Hulu, work out the kinks!
Fairly recently I begun to notice the frame rate on standard and hi-res mode was a little low making the videos just barely watchable. Now at first i thought this was since my computer is running with an old Turion ML-34 (1.8 GHz) and 1.5Gb of ram so i moved to my laptop which has a Pentium M 2GHz and 1Gb of ram.. Same problem.So I thought well maybe I need a dual core processor even though no web site should require dual core processing. Well later I discovered my boyfriend (who has a laptop with a core 2 duo running at least at 1.8GHz and 1Gb of ram) is having the same problem. So I tried using different web browsers (IE, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome).... Same problem.Whenever I watch a video I wait for the buffer to fill before playing simply because I hate being interrupted because the buffer ran dry.. Besides, it's just the video (not the audio) and doesn't act like a problem with the buffer running dry.A trace route to www.hulu.com produces 13 hops with an average of 15ms. Since I have a 22inch display I am running at a fairly high resolution on the desktop with the turion processor but the laptops (mine and my boyfriends are running at 1024x768).I'm not sure but I think it may be a problem with the newest flash player. I'm not sure if the last flash update coincided with this issue.
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