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On 23/03/2020 at 11:07, Silent Runner said:

Is Maniac any good? I've watched two and love the look and style of it but the story isn't hooking me and Johan Hill is a bit annoying. Worth sticking with?

It feels like it should be worth it, but the final ending ending felt so inconsequential I'd say no? But parts of the journey were great. It's one of those shows where it would have been amazing if they'd got the ending right, but honestly if you're not enjoying it now give up.

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56 minutes ago, PopeSmokesDope said:

Yes! Season 2 of Sunderland Till I die is out in a couple of weeks! It's probably the greatest fly-on-the-wall sports docu ever, mainly because it's proper warts and all, nothing is hidden from the viewer, which makes for pretty amusing viewing!

 

It's easily one of my top 5 comedies of all time. 

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15 hours ago, Protocol Penguin said:

Bah, On the Beach isn’t available on Netflix any more. That would be the perfect old-timey film to watch at the moment, the sense of foreboding as gradually everyday life and the society arounds it grinds to a halt...

I'd loop it in with a When the wind blows and Plague dogs double header

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On 24/03/2020 at 20:17, Triple A said:

Getting 1.08mbps with HD now - quality looks like it has taken a fairly big hit. I don’t remember the pre-Covid bitrate?

 

Depends on the show/movie. The Haunting of Hill House was particularly terrible for it at around 1mb/s.

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I can't watch Netflix at the moment - on our 55" OLED it looks 'fuzzy', for want of a better word. Have they dropped the resolution or is it a number of other things too It's meant that I've basically stopped watching Netflix for the time being, because I'm acutely aware that it looks much worse than it should do. It was weird that there were stories from BT and other ISPs essentially saying that we had nothing to worry about and bandwidth would be fine, then the EU told Netflix to drop bitrate. 

 

Was this a restriction put in place due to ISPs and connectivity being much worse in certain other EU countries? 

 

@Mike S you have nothing to feel bad about - it appears that this is the EU being over-zealous. BT literally put out this article saying that they had more than enough capacity for everyone to work from home ahead of the EU putting the limit in place: https://newsroom.bt.com/the-facts-about-our-network-and-coronavirus/

 

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The UK’s fixed broadband network core is built (with a lot of ‘headroom’) to support the ‘evening peak’ of network traffic, driven by these high-bandwidth applications. The highest peak we’ve seen in evening traffic was 17.5Tb/s, driven by videogame updates and streaming football.

In contrast, daytime usage, during working hours, generally runs at about 5 Tb/s.

Since Tuesday this week, as people started to work from home more extensively, we’ve seen weekday daytime traffic increase 35-60% compared with similar days on the fixed network, peaking at 7.5Tb/s.

This is still only around half the average evening peak, and nowhere near the 17.5 Tb/s we have proved the network can handle.

 

 

These numbers were ahead of the EU ruining the bitrate on Netflix. I wish they had implemented it on a per-country basis, because clearly we were fine here.

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On 24/03/2020 at 15:51, PopeSmokesDope said:

Yes! Season 2 of Sunderland Till I die is out in a couple of weeks! It's probably the greatest fly-on-the-wall sports docu ever, mainly because it's proper warts and all, nothing is hidden from the viewer, which makes for pretty amusing viewing!

 

I don't really follow football but loved STiD. Fascinating insight and I had no idea how it was going to end. Clearly neither did they when they started which is what makes it so compelling. 

 

Did they have as barmy a season last year then? Obviously, watch your spoilers as I have no idea. :)

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On 23/03/2020 at 16:15, Vulgar Monkey said:

Anyone seen The Platform?

The missus and I watched it last weekend and we both enjoyed it. It isn’t very subtle and there’s little left for thought but overall a solid watch. I recommend to not eat while watching, though.

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13 hours ago, Isaac said:

I can't watch Netflix at the moment - on our 55" OLED it looks 'fuzzy', for want of a better word. 

 

I remember the time I watched all of Battlestar Galactica streaming on the Wii browser and appreciate what I've got. If the show's good enough you usually forget the quality. 

 

Or just watch a lot of animated TV stuff instead.

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13 hours ago, ZOK said:

That Tiger King series is flipping great.


It suffers the same problem as most Netflix docs - an episode or two too long and painfully dragged out in places. There’s some dreadful “he said”, “she said” segments that go on forever. Joe’s great though, some of his songs are low key bangers.

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14 hours ago, Isaac said:

I can't watch Netflix at the moment - on our 55" OLED it looks 'fuzzy', for want of a better word. Have they dropped the resolution or is it a number of other things too It's meant that I've basically stopped watching Netflix for the time being, because I'm acutely aware that it looks much worse than it should do. It was weird that there were stories from BT and other ISPs essentially saying that we had nothing to worry about and bandwidth would be fine, then the EU told Netflix to drop bitrate. 

 

Was this a restriction put in place due to ISPs and connectivity being much worse in certain other EU countries? 

 

@Mike S you have nothing to feel bad about - it appears that this is the EU being over-zealous. BT literally put out this article saying that they had more than enough capacity for everyone to work from home ahead of the EU putting the limit in place: https://newsroom.bt.com/the-facts-about-our-network-and-coronavirus/

 

 

These numbers were ahead of the EU ruining the bitrate on Netflix. I wish they had implemented it on a per-country basis, because clearly we were fine here.

 

 

Indeed.

 

Just a day or so ago I was emailed by my ISP, Zen, who informed me that whilst they had seen an increase in usage they were still nowhere near their capacity. So far short in fact that they also stated that they would be lifting bandwidth restrictions/caps on those accounts that still had them. Similarly, yesterday there was a thing on the BBC news website in which BT stated that they had seen an uplift in daytime usage but it was still some way short of their typical peak evening usage (which I can't imagine changing from pre-lockdown levels). So, yeah, in the UK at least we appear to have plenty of capacity.

 

Disney actually looks just fine so however they are restricting bandwidth it is not manifesting in the blocking that I get with Netflix. Sadly, there's not that much content on Disney that appeals.

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8 hours ago, Protocol Penguin said:

Watched The Irishman, I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, and Uncut Gems. Any other Netflix original films worth a view?

 

Beasts of No Nation

1922

The Two Popes

King

 

I enjoyed all of these. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, ZOK said:

Anybody watching Cheer, about the Navarro junior college cheerleading squad training for the national championships? It’s really good.

 

Yeah, it's excellent. Only thing that annoyed me was they didn't go back or challenge her about her forcing the guy with the injured back to continue practice when he was weeping in pain. Surely that's an insurance no-no?

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