Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

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Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby ihaveaplayer » Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:12 pm

How do I adjust the stream quality of Hulu on the Roku? I want to make it the lowest setting possible, so that I don't download a ton of data. I am perfectly happy with poor picture quality. My ISP frowns on me downloading large amounts of data, so watching shows at a high quality (which is what it automatically selects) is very bad.
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby ihaveaplayer » Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:54 pm

Tried it and it doesn't effect the Roku. I think that setting is just for the website player. I also tried the secret Roku button combination (home - 5, back - 3, forward - 2) and that doesn't appear to effect Hulu, either, just Netflix.
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby ihaveaplayer » Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:37 pm

I'm guessing there isn't a way?
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby nushmut » Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:49 pm

If changing the bandwidth setting on this page doesn't work:
http://www.hulu.com/profile/settings

you can at least stay out of HD by setting your Roku to one of the SD modes in the Settings Channel.
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby ihaveaplayer » Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:32 pm

Correct, changing it on that page doesn't work.
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby nushmut » Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:35 pm

Then as I mentioned above, change your Roku's resolution to a non-HD one. Probably the best you're going to get for now.
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby ihaveaplayer » Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:16 pm

Thanks for the advice, but it doesn't really help. Even adjusting to a non-HD resolution still downloads a large amount of data.
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby jeffrok » Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:30 pm

Does your router allow any sort of data throttling?
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby nushmut » Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:37 pm

ihaveaplayer wrote:Thanks for the advice, but it doesn't really help. Even adjusting to a non-HD resolution still downloads a large amount of data.


Just out of curiosity more than anything, what ISP do you have?
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby mastermesh » Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:05 pm

Why the bloody <The entropy of a perfect crystal, at absolute zero kelvin, is exactly equal to zero. - Third Law of Thermodynamics> do isps want us not to use the bandwidth we pay them for monthly? Bunch of b$ if ya ask me. Next time your isp gives you trouble, ask them why they don't like providing you the service you are paying them for and why you should keep them as your provider. My suspicion is a few movies on hulu won't make much difference unless you are watching it 24/7 ?
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby Anony » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:34 am

The same type of problem occurs with other Hulu-Plus Application installed on other players I have used ... It appears this may be a feature problem with the Hulu-Plus internet application

If you have download speeds around 1.5 Mbps and the Hulu-Plus video is in HD format (740) there may be a problem trying to watch HD video as the Hulu-Plus application does not adjust or allow adjustment of the video resolution to match your download speed.

If you can find a way to provide a better buffer for HD streaming video and/or improve the download speeds .. you might be able to watch HD video from an Internet app device ... normally these features are controlled by the hardware devices and installed software .

The same HD video has no problem being watched from a PC using the same Internet connection and download speeds. When viewing HD video from a PC there are video stream / resolution settings and/or different types of video buffering.
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby atheling » Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:24 pm

mastermesh wrote:Why the bloody <The entropy of a perfect crystal, at absolute zero kelvin, is exactly equal to zero. - Third Law of Thermodynamics> do isps want us not to use the bandwidth we pay them for monthly? Bunch of b$ if ya ask me. Next time your isp gives you trouble, ask them why they don't like providing you the service you are paying them for and why you should keep them as your provider. My suspicion is a few movies on hulu won't make much difference unless you are watching it 24/7 ?


For residential service I think that most ISPs are actually charging for a lot less bandwidth than they advertise knowing that most people won't use all of it and they can over subscribe their network. If you want to get the bandwidth advertised, sign up for "business class" service. It will cost two or three times as much for the same stated bandwidth but you will actually be able to use it. And as a bonus that usually comes with a fixed IP address and terms of service that allow you to run servers.

Basically you get what you are paying for and on a residential service you are not paying enough to get the full advertised bandwidth on a 24x7 basis.
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby film fan » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:19 am

HI all

I just got a Roku and I also would like the speed adjust option
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Re: Hulu on Roku - Adjusting Stream Quality

Postby FX4 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:26 am

You should start a new thread rather than dragging an old one up.
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