trouble watching Netflix with Cobalt

If you have Netflix, you know how awesome it is. If you have Netflix on Xbox 360, or Instant Play enabled on your computer, double that awesomeness. Any movie, instantly watchable. So imagine having that ability, yet using an ISP like Cobalt that can’t handle the bandwidth. I tried to watch a movie via Netflix last night. It rebuffered 5 times in the first 20 minutes alone. Here is what I saw on my big screen tv while loading up the app…

Do you see those bars to the right of “Determining video quality?”

If you used a halfway-competent internet service, they would all be green, or at least 3/4.  Not with Cobalt Broadband. As you can see, only 1 bar is lit up. This means you have a bad/slow connection and Netflix will send you a low quality video feed instead of regular or HD quality. It somewhat defeats the purpose of watching a movie on a nice home theater setup or selecting an HD movie when its pixelated worse than an Atari 2600.

Additionally, I tried to download 2 Xbox 360 game demos last evening. The downloads were going so slow, I left the unit on overnight. Lo and behold, this morning when I went to check on my new game demos, there were none. The  downloads had stalled at only 8% complete.

Most people in civilized parts of the world can download an Xbox 360 game demo in under an hour….maybe 2 at most. With Cobalt, it will take you multiple days and attempts.


About cobaltsucks

I am a blog that exists to expose the horrible service that Cobalt Broadband provides in rural Texas.
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