I was having buffering issues with VUDU when watching their 2 minute previews in HDX. I couldn't understand why this was happening. I'm using an R3 connected with an ethernet cable using a FiOS ISP 75/75 connection. Decided to try the uninstall the channel, reboot the box and re-install the channel solution. It worked. Not sure why this issue occurred. I haven't used VUDU in a while. These electronic gadgets just get quirky sometimes I guess.
I find over the top devices like Roku to be in some ways simpler to use as compared to other electronic devices. Much like anything else, the more you use it, the more familiar and easier it becomes to work. I have had similar issues with my Amazon Fire TV device with certain apps, usually an un-install/re-install of apps solves most problems. The recent upgrade to my internet connection and equipment has solved some issues I was having. Like I said before it miraculously solved the long standing problems I was having with Roku’s YouTube channel and has thus made it easier for me because I don’t have to switch devices as often to get channels/services that may have had problems running on Roku to run without issue on other devices.
I have been considering upgrading my connection speed again sometime during the new year, but I was told that the speed will automatically be upgraded by my internet provider once the new year starts. Rather than spending more money, I will wait and see what the auto-upgrade their going to do does. So far I am very impressed with the new equipment, but I think I will have to find a way to stay on top of whenever they (internet provider) change equipment as best as I can so I can know when whatever equipment I use is considered “Obsolete” by the provider. I won’t lie, for as much money as I pay for internet service to be told that I would have to pay for an upgrade just to get current equipment doesn’t sit well with me.
It’s a small price to pay though considering that the cable/satellite providers are increasing rates again for their TV services. One of the few things that keeps me from cutting the cord is as a Boxing writer a good majority of the cards I cover are cable/satellite centric. If there was a way that would change where I could get the access I get now and record material when necessary I would be all for it seeing as I spend a good portion of my time using my streaming devices. As far as digital stores like Vudu, I find that buying movies from the digital stores to be considerably more affordable than buying physical discs. The only drawback is not every studio is part of the ultraviolet digital storage program, hopefully that will change in the new year. Hopefully, Vudu will release a software update that will solve the glitches some are experiencing.