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Post by Smiley G » Mon 10 Nov 2014 11:17

Has anyone noticed FilmOn being a little flaky recently in the evenings? Despite a steady broadband speed, FilmOn has been freezing/buffering more than normal and also some channels will not load.For example, watching, say BBC1 with no problems, you want to change channel and it will not load properly.
These problems exist with both the Apple iPad App. AND the FilmOn.com/TV Live website.
Unless it's because of the darker evenings and loads of extra people are hitting the FilmOn servers, I can't think of another reason. If anyone has any input that they want to share, all the better for shared info.
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Post by malcolm4664 » Mon 10 Nov 2014 13:07

After almost three months of seamfree reception from FilmOn for mainly BBC SD using Firefox and Google chrome on both our PC to TV via wifi and Android to TV via cable we too were very disappointed in the very poor reception that we have received this past week. The FilmOn techies are extremely helpful and I think that, they too, were caught out by this latest batch of problems.
Unfortunately there does not seem to be a quick fix. We have gone the long route and checked our Orange service which did have a few, but minor, problems. Strangely the problems also coincided with a hefty update by both Adobe and Java and our AVG service so have also gone back to them for an answer. Again there seem to have been a few problems as several updates are being sent out.

It seems that the best thing is to contact FilmOn and help them by completing their test programme. Rest assured that anything is better than the bland TV fodder that we were subjected to by both American and Canadian TV whilst visiting these countries recently.

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Post by russell » Mon 10 Nov 2014 17:56

It seems to be particularly bad when Pat wants to watch Strictly Come Dancing. Otherwise we don't have too much problem so I guess it is a problem of congestion at Filmon's servers.

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Post by montgolfiere » Wed 12 Nov 2014 16:45

i am getting reports of evening problems on certain channels. I am trying to find out what has changed but Filmon Techies seem too be proceedure led. I am having to go through their 'Tests' and then maybe they will answer my questions...

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Post by montgolfiere » Thu 13 Nov 2014 09:48

i tried a variety of channels during yesterday evening with only an odd Buffer.....i did not see much difference between the xbmc addon filmon sd and the google app filmon sd access. However there wasn't a high demnd program airing.....

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Post by Smiley G » Thu 13 Nov 2014 10:21

montgolfiere wrote:i am getting reports of evening problems on certain channels. I am trying to find out what has changed but Filmon Techies seem too be proceedure led. I am having to go through their 'Tests' and then maybe they will answer my questions...
Last night was fine until 9pm (French time) when More4 wouldn't load but BBC4 at the same time was perfect. However at 10pm, the film on BBC4 (Miss. Potter) was freezing/buffering at regular intervals.
It's odd. The only thing I have noticed is that problems, if you're going to get them, seem to occur "on the hour" (when programmes tend to change) or if you change channels :?:
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Post by Sue » Thu 13 Nov 2014 13:21

We are finding it bad between 4 pm and 6 30 pm on the BBC 1 channels.
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Post by Prosserp » Thu 13 Nov 2014 21:21

We watch film on everynight and haven't had any problems whatsoever , in fact we were saying how stable it seems at the moment
We use an iPod connected to the tv and we live in Sorede , the tv is on from 4pm to 10 pm ish every night ...

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Post by Sue » Thu 13 Nov 2014 21:22

It's been fine today. :)
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Post by montgolfiere » Fri 14 Nov 2014 07:33

hopefully they have sorted their issues as it was ok here too.

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Post by russell » Fri 14 Nov 2014 12:22

montgolfiere wrote:hopefully they have sorted their issues as it was ok here too.
It's sometimes a matter of pot luck as to which Filmon server you get connected to. I have done some tests of my internet speed according to Speedtest .net and downloading various packets of data from Filmon.com/support/check both morning and evening:

Time . . . . . . . . . . . 20:00 . . . . . 09:00

Speedtest.net . . . . . 6.5 Mb/s . . . . 8.6 Mb/s
Filmon server1 . . 1.2 - 1.5 Mb/s . 3.7 - 7.3 Mb/s
Filmon server2 . . 0.1 - 1.7 Mb/s . 2.3 - 6.7 Mb/s
Filmon server3 . . 1.3 - 3.7 Mb/s . 4.0 - 6.7 Mb/s

So, at 9 am I could watch in HD with no buffering and at 8 pm there would be buffering on HD and, if on server2, on SD as well.

Now the problem could be congestion at the server or somewhere in the network. Most probably at the server as one is much worse than the other two. I have sent a report to Filmon and await their comments.

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Post by opas » Fri 14 Nov 2014 21:20

I have not followed the technical thread for ages......

But for the past week we have been having problems streaming from filmon via chromecast , we thought it was our internet speed, till we tested it and that was good for us, then my daughter said perhaps her phone was not powerfull enough (we normaly use a tablet) now I have read this thread I am happy it is not something we have done.
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Post by russell » Sat 15 Nov 2014 08:56

Bad again here last night :x

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Post by JRH66300 » Sat 15 Nov 2014 13:58

Every thing (Android Filmon and FTV addons) last night as my clock chimed 10 pm.
This morning all back to normal. Guess system overload during peak viewing.

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Post by JRH66300 » Sat 15 Nov 2014 13:59

Important word STOPPED should be after everything. Sorry

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Post by domone » Mon 17 Nov 2014 09:30

I think it is likely be a problem of congestion.



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Post by Smiley G » Tue 18 Nov 2014 22:35

BBC1 on Sunday evening was perfect. Enjoyed War Horse without any problems whatsoever.
BBC1 Monday & Tuesday evenings a nightmare.
No drop in download speed just screen freezes and buffering.
I'm perplexed :roll:
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Post by montgolfiere » Wed 19 Nov 2014 09:21

did you try the regional variations of BBC1? were they all the same?
It appears that Filmon are having problems re capacity at the moment but i have heard they will be introducing new 'systems' before the end of the year Hopefully this will improve reliability.

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Post by montgolfiere » Wed 26 Nov 2014 08:36

i watched BBC2 and then ITV1 between 19.30 and 2030 yesterday evening via an Android Box using the notfilmon addon HD Streams without a single Buffer. (we only have 2 mb/s here).

Any other reports would be useful to see if Filmon have actually solved their issues......
(i am imagining that 'no further discussion' suggests that things have actually settled back down!!!)

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Post by Smiley G » Wed 26 Nov 2014 15:51

We had problems last night with the iPad App. but was OK with the website.
Sometimes, switching off the iPad and re-booting it seems to cure the problem.
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Post by JRH66300 » Thu 27 Nov 2014 09:02

Try the XBMC Add-On "TV4ME" which has many TV series including Game of thrones. If you want a film database then install "Movis4Me".

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Post by russell » Thu 27 Nov 2014 10:32

Smiley G wrote: Sometimes, switching off the iPad and re-booting it seems to cure the problem.
Filmon have several servers. If you disconnect and reconnect you might get a different one which might be better (or worse :( ). Just exiting the app without rebooting might not drop the current connection.

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Post by Smiley G » Thu 27 Nov 2014 22:19

No problems tonight using the website and the Google Chrome App.
Interestingly enough, there was a Chrome App. update yesterday "Resolving Stability issues."
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My general observation, which is similar to Russell's comment is that changing channels can cause things to go awry.
The FilmON App. is still very flaky and it's interesting that there has not been an App. update in nearly a year. It has NOT been updated for iOS8.
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Post by russell » Fri 28 Nov 2014 11:56

Smiley G wrote: The FilmON App. is still very flaky and it's interesting that there has not been an App. update in nearly a year. It has NOT been updated for iOS8.
The Android version was updated about a week ago. Can't see any difference though.

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Post by Smiley G » Sun 21 Dec 2014 22:25

FilmOn very problematical this weekend despite solid Orange broadband speed delivery and equipment checks running OK.
Loads of screen freezes and buffering. It makes you wonder what sort of service those who subscribe to the HD service get.
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Post by montgolfiere » Mon 22 Dec 2014 07:18

i am watching Filmon in Germany at the moment and it is running very well, using both Google app and Android xbmc FTV. However the main French Channels still awol. watching telematin via the France2 website.

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Post by russell » Mon 22 Dec 2014 12:55

Smiley G wrote:FilmOn very problematical this weekend despite solid Orange broadband speed delivery and equipment checks running OK.
Loads of screen freezes and buffering. It makes you wonder what sort of service those who subscribe to the HD service get.
Even worse on HD! It always seems to start buffering at the start of Strictly so I guess it is overloading at Filmon's servers. It's still worth subscribing though to be able to use the Flimon App without adverts and to be able to record and download. If you download a recorded program before playing it there is no buffering.

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Post by Allan » Mon 22 Dec 2014 19:38

russell wrote:
Smiley G wrote:FilmOn very problematical this weekend despite solid Orange broadband speed delivery and equipment checks running OK.
Loads of screen freezes and buffering. It makes you wonder what sort of service those who subscribe to the HD service get.
Even worse on HD! It always seems to start buffering at the start of Strictly so I guess it is overloading at Filmon's servers. It's still worth subscribing though to be able to use the Flimon App without adverts and to be able to record and download. If you download a recorded program before playing it there is no buffering.

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From what I have seen, Zattoo seems to provide a more reliable service than Filmon, particularly with a subscription which lets you watch in HD without adverts and with a 7 day catch-up service.

You do however need a suitable SmartDNS to watch it and a Swiss VPN to subscribe. Overplay satisfies both requirements.

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