QUOTE(engseng @ Aug 6 2022, 04:08 PM)
When my Astro Ulti Box changes channel, the channel appears in lower resolution at first, then becomes HD quality after a few seconds. The red spinning circle appears in the middle of the screen now and then. Do you guys get this too?
QUOTE(linkinstreet @ Aug 6 2022, 06:58 PM)
Using internet/plug and play? This is normal. It will automatically load the lowest quality stream, while also testing your bandwidth at the same time. Once it determines your speed, it will then change to the best quality your speed supports
In Astro's definition, that is the normal "expected behaviour" of using Astro's Plug & Play service.
Astro's method of adaptive bitrate streaming is it will start to load the content at very low resolution for the first 5 seconds, then only it will go up to higher quality if your Internet connection permits.
The "very low resolution" upon video playback of the first 5 seconds are too obvious to notice, and some may find it disturbing, but Astro will convinces you that this is normal.
But in reality, actually they can do better than that. You don't see this kind of adaptive-streaming scenario that obvious when streaming Netflix or YouTube anyway.
QUOTE(engseng @ Aug 7 2022, 04:06 PM)
Last time the PVR set didn't behave like this. So the Ulti Box is using different streaming technology?
Also now again the red spinning circle shows up in the middle of the screen for half a second.
As long the operating mode of your Astro Ulti Box or Ultra Box is under Plug & Play, you will see that "red spinning circle shows up in the middle of the screen for half a second."
You won't experience this if your PVR box/Ulti Box/Ultra Box is under Satellite mode (connected to a satellite dish).
QUOTE(linkinstreet @ Aug 7 2022, 04:20 PM)
PVR uses a dedicated VLAN for streaming, similar to Unifi TV's VLAN600. The new plug and play mode uses normal HTTP streaming
QUOTE(engseng @ Aug 7 2022, 04:45 PM)
Dedicated VLAN sounds like a better solution than normal HTTP streaming. HTTP streaming is like watching YouTube.
Yes, dedicated VLAN for TV channels (referring to Astro IPTV that uses VLAN 823) is indeed "better solution", but it also means pay TV provider will have to pay more money to the ISP just for the dedicated VLAN in the long run.
That is why Astro decided to supersede Astro IPTV service into the Plug & Play service.
"Plug & Play" is a marketing term used in Astro, where in layman terms, it actually refers to box operating mode to stream Astro channels/content through your conventional Internet broadband connection, just like how you watch YouTube/Netflix on your home WiFi.
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If you find the "loading icon appears every time you change channel and poor video quality for first 5 seconds" to be disturbing, then sorry to say, the only way to eliminate this for now, is go for Satellite.