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Slow downloading movies on Apple TV 2

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mxgren Calculating status...
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Apr 26, 2012 1:55 AM

My Apple TV was performing great, movies were playing within seconds of purchasing.  Unfortunately approx 6 weeks ago movies started being extremely slow to load (over an hour). I hadn't made any changes to my router or changed ISP.


Since the problems have started I have

- Have checked DNS on Router and Apple TV and set as same as provided by ISP

- Have updated to latest version of Apple TV software

- Checked the internet performance with a speedtest, downloading 16 mbs.


I am in New Zealand and ISP is TelstraClear (on cable).


Any ideas?? This is really frustrating!

AppleTV 2
  • Gazzar P Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 12:28 AM (in response to mxgren)

    Same as mxgren. My apple tv was performing great and movies starting straight away. Last few have been extremely slow. i.e 5 hours to load or 10 hours to load. Absolutely silly. Got the apple tv to do a speed test which it did, but does not show the results.


    I tested my network download at 7.76 Mbps, teste the house network at 116 to 130 Mbps (wireless). We are in New Zealand also and ISP is slinshot.


    Any ideas, family is ready to toss the apple tv. decide to watch a movie one night and have to wait till the next for it to download !!!!!!!!!!!

  • bevanfromhamilton Calculating status...
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    May 12, 2012 11:00 PM (in response to mxgren)

    Same problem here. Apple TV was working great until the latest software update.  Anyone know if there is a solution to this?

  • deeland Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 3, 2012 3:04 AM (in response to bevanfromhamilton)

    Just been through a couple of weeks of back and fourth with Apple Care on this very issue. Was put through to the head of support in Singapore. Helpful at first, but the next day all communication via email between us ceased. Continued another case, as they had closed my last one without saying anything, and they now recommend I take my unit in for testing. It's good to know I'm not the only one with this issue. But less comforting to think Apple probably do not care about NZ. I am going to reapproach Apple, having now found this thread, and will let you know how it goes. I'm a long time user of Apple products and I really think, just lately, their "care" is a lot less than it used to be.

  • sargent444 Calculating status...
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    Jun 3, 2012 10:49 AM (in response to mxgren)

    Same problem here. Having to wait 2 hours for a movie to download. Definitely not a problem with my connection which is above average. No more sponaneous rentals until this is corrected. Seems to be tied to the last update which I waited to download until a few weeks ago.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,635 points)
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    Jun 3, 2012 11:00 AM (in response to sargent444)

    I've never had fast intrent, 1 Mbps until about 18 months ago, around 4 Mbps or so now.


    I've learned to live with AppleTV1/2 and their download issues in this regard, but I would quite agree that the last update has done something.  Last time I rented a movie it gave no indication of download/buffering progress at all which was very frustrating and did not allow me to restrat after pausing without rebuffering.


    AppleTV1 was streets ahead in terms of rentals on slower connections as it could actually store the stream on its hard drive so there was never a ned to rseatrt the buffering if you stopped midway.

  • Gazzar P Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 11:40 PM (in response to mxgren)

    HI All. Had enough with the latest movie download. It showed as fully downloaded and then when we played it  it got to 9 minutes and 34 seconds and blanked. No matter what we did, it would go no further. So went back through itunes store, purchases had a link - report a problem - so we did with all the movies we have had issues with 3 in the last little while. They could offer no reall solutions but hve refunded all 3 movies. Under there terms and conditions they have no obligation to do this so figure they must know they have a problem. Give it a try. They will be able to tell at there end if anf how long a movie took to download. We included a network speed test to show we had no issues. Apple TV network setting speed check should also be able to show download speeds.

  • deeland Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 12, 2012 2:48 AM (in response to mxgren)

    Just had another round with Apple Care -- this time with a replacement unit, 3rd gen ATV. WOW, got my first bad experience with a support person, who decided to hang up on me. Got through to another person who seems more helpful. The case is ongoing, but needless to say, it still doesn't work. And the company I took the original unit to did not do any testing, just gave me a new one. How is Apple supposed to learn about this issue with no testing? Anyway, will let you know what happens, again.

  • deeland Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 12, 2012 2:50 AM (in response to deeland)


    And this thread does not fill me with confidence. Not just NZ it seems.

  • bevanfromhamilton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 5, 2012 12:10 AM (in response to bevanfromhamilton)

    I discussed the problem with my ISP (TelstraClear) and changing the DNS settings seems to have fixed the problem. The last few movie downloads has had short download times.

  • deeland Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 6, 2012 3:38 AM (in response to bevanfromhamilton)

    Hi Bevan


    My ISP is also TelstraClear. Have checked my DNS with them a couple of times, but to no avail. Any chance you could clarify: are you streaming or fully downloading before viewing? Are you going through a router, and if so, what make and model? Just curious, as we have a fairly intricate setup here. Will not go in to it yet as I have only just sent off another report to Apple.



  • bevanfromhamilton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 7, 2012 2:28 AM (in response to deeland)

    Hi, to answer your questions


    1. The DNS TelstraClear gave me was and which was different from the one in the automatic settings


    2.  I am streaming movies (when I had problems, it would say that 3+ hours before I could start to view the movie)


    3. Yes I am using a router, it was the one provided by TelstraClear - a Nettcom ADSl2 + WiFi N300 Gateway


    Good luck, I am not entirely sure if it is just a concidence that mine is working again or not. 

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