Originally Posted by pt123
I have a 802.11n router and 1.5 Mbps DSL, so no slow wireless yes slow internet. However, it is still a big turn-off to get a black screen for a while when clicking on a button to play video. Wife and kid ask, "what happened" and my response is "it's coming" as I deflect that "you paid what for that?" look.
I've often wondered if it was my setup, or my Internet connection that caused this. As I've said a hundred times, I love my AppleTV. However, streaming HD trailers is beyond painful - I usually have to wait about five minutes (at least) before playback starts (even with SD trailers I have to wait around 30 seconds). The last time I bought a TV show (even a SD version) that I wanted to watch right away, I had to wait literally thirty minutes before it was ready to stream.
I have 1.5 DSL from Speakeasy (which is a top notch provider) and have wondered if I should try Comcast (a company I loathe). I'm paying a right premium for my service (it's $70/month) and feel like I should be getting better speeds. Will simply switching to Cable give me near-instant access to content? Will Comcast's filtering limit my bandwidth (both to the iTMS and to the newsgroups where some of my content is sourced)?
I don't have an HDCP issue because my HDTV is HDCP compliant. I never bought anything from iTunes because of the whole authorized concept. It just sounds too totalitarian. I know Blu-ray has it's DRM but that would be out the door if it ever mentioned anything about authorized.
Bit of a non-issue for me, really, at least as far as TV shows go. I don't mind paying $40/year for a subscription to a series. For movies, however, I don't like the idea of paying $15 for a film that doesn't come with everything on a DVD that I would pay about the same (or less) for. And as movies to me have a long shelf-life (I often re-watch movies I've owned for years), I am somewhat concerned with DRM and the impact that may have on my ability to watch content I've paid for in the future -- what happens if the iTMS goes away, and with it the only way I have to authorize my paid-for content...?