Why does my internet keep buffering

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I assume you are talking about when streaming?

This is not uncommon with Viasat, especially if you have exhausted your priority data and/or are trying to stream during primetime.

Your best bet is to get PlayOn Cloud. Prerecord your content in the cloud, download said content locally onto your PC or tablet, and then watch from there. While this can take planning and us a little cumbersome, you will have zero problems streaming content then.
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What service plan are you on?
What video resolution are you streaming at?
What is your current data usage for the month?
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Because once you have exceeded your meager data allowance, your speed is probably something like mine is this evening. At these speeds, email is a challenge let alone video.
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Voyager.  You need a new ISP!  Or PlayOn Cloud for the primetime!
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fmj77

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Or make better use of his LNFZ.
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I’m sorry, but I’m “acronym deficient”. What is an LNFZ? And where/how do I get PlayOn Cloud? I’m trying to vpn to work, would have more than happily had a different ISP, but unfortunately, on this street, this is the only one available. NOBODY, despite having every ISP available on streets on either side of us, NONODY, covers this street but this one. So I lost my 100mbps fiber optic line that never had issues and I now have 50mbps satellite that usually hovers around 1mbps on a good day. Being that I have to VPN for work, and I’m in school online at night, 1mbps isn’t acceptable.
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Cathleen, "Late Night Free Zone" is a feature that Liberty and Classic plans have which allow un-metered usage between 3-6AM and Midnight-5AM respectively. PlayOn Cloud is an app which lets your record streaming video for offline viewing.
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One side of the street has high speed internet and the other doesn't? That doesnt make a lot of sense to me.
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fmj77

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It happens. A co-worker of mine can get 200Mbps cable and her daughter 50 yards down the street from her is stuck with Hughes.
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New ISP is the answer, but that is 2-4 years away yet...

I looked at programs like PlayOn, but they only download to mobile devices for off-line viewing. I did not see any that would work with a DVR or such connected to my TV. Sure, I could throw out a perfectly good 52” Sharp that I bought before they Wifi TV days or buy a dedicated computer to attach to my TV, but those are not cheap solutions either.

What I would like is a simple DVR that I could connect to my TV, has enough storage for 4 hours of video and can use services like PlayOn to download for offline storage. Know of anything like that?
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And LNFZ isn’t always that great either. Last time I stayed up until 3 AM to do a GPS update, the speed was only slightly above 1 Mbps. I have no idea what was going on, but I finally gave up at 3:45 AM and just let it run slowly the rest of the night and into the morning.
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With PlayOn Cloud, you only need a mobile device to schedule recordings in the cloud (or you can emulate using a PC). Once the recordings are completed, you receive a link to the recording and can download using a PC to a USB drive. Recordings are downloaded in MPEG format up to 720P. Most TVs and DVD players today allow USB media playback - even my older TVs without WiFi had this capability. It's cheap, it's as easy as jockeying USB drives and doesn't require much of an investment. The USB drive becomes your video library with a limited user interface provided by the playback device (TV, DVR, etc).

 
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What program do you use on the PC to schedule the download to the USB to start at 3 AM?
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ExSatUser

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There are add ons to Firefox browser that will do that. You basically start a download, it will pause it, and restart it at a specified time.
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I don't - I'm usually up at 0300 anyway or I hit free WiFi at the library as needed ;)

Didn't have much luck with the browser download managers, PlayOn account authentication tended to be an issue, and wasn't really comfortable leaving the browser at the ready with most of them.

I suppose if I really want to use the Playon Apps scheduler, I'd invest in an Android device, use it for scheduled downloads, and transfer them to my PC - never got around to exploring that option.
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Also, keep in mind that you can use the PlayOn Cloud app on the mobile device to schedule the actual file downloads to that device for any time you wish (as long as it has enough storage), then transfer the downloaded files from that mobile device to wherever you wish.  

And, in addition to being able to play the files on various devices from a USB drive, you can also write the files to a DVD or BluRay, as most DVD and Blu Ray players can play .mp4 files these days.    Both my four year old Blu Ray player and my eight year old DVD player can play these files from those disks, with the former being able to play from both, of course.  
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Also, keep in mind that you can use the PlayOn Cloud app on the mobile device to schedule the actual file downloads to that device for any time you wish (as long as it has enough storage), then transfer the downloaded files from that mobile device to wherever you wish.  

And, in addition to being able to play the files on various devices from a USB drive, you can also write the files to a DVD or BluRay, as most DVD and Blu Ray players can play .mp4 files these days.    Both my four year old Blu Ray player and my eight year old DVD player can play these files from those disks, with the former being able to play from both, of course.  
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Oh, great.  Double post.  

Hey, if I write about a double post, and it double posts, is that a quadruple post?  J/K!  
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@ExSat and Dances, so basically PlayOn is a pain to use and just makes a painful ISP even more painful. Got it!
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Yes PlayOn Cloud is a pain to use primarily because they refuse to provide a way of scheduling recordings via a desktop application or the browser.

It's just another in a long line of hoops I jump through to make a limited satellite internet experience bearable - i.e. strict management of my priority data; extending it by leveraging the free zone for all heavy lifting including video streaming; limiting the majority of my priority data use to essential browsing, email and other tasks; using every data savings technique in the book when browsing (ad blocker, disabling wasteful java script on abusive sites, disabling autoplay media, disabling preloaded media that you don;t even have to watch to burn through data in the background, disable all automatic updates  etc.) And if that still isn't enough I've always got Redbox to rely upon where videos are streamed to/from my home at a pretty consistent 35-45 mph depending on traffic and congestion. 

So you can burn through your priority data in 2-3 days (get yourself tagged as a heavy user and placed in the bucket with all the other heavier users fighting over a limited share of bandwidth in that channel and guaranteeing yourself a miserable experience for the rest of the month); or stretch your data and have a reasonable experience - your choice. Are you gonna do something about it or just stand there and bleed? Viasat didn't make me move to BFE - it was my choice alone and neither they nor any other ISP has a responsibility to provide me with "city-like" internet service.        
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The priority data is so limited, unless you want to pay the really big monthly charges, and even then it isn’t even 1/3 of the current average USA data usage, that I consider the entire month to be Liberty pass and simply don’t even think about the data cap. It is so low that it is simply ridiculous to try to conserve it. I tried that at first and it only added a couple of days so you got maybe 5 days of use rather than 5.

It is easier to simply drive to our church or other places that have decent ISPs for the times when real bandwidth is needed and consider Viasat to basically be for checking email, Facebook and other services that are largely text with just a few pictures now and then and to forget about video.

Counting the weeks until my REC gets fiber to my house...
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I still use PlayOn Cloud a lot to record content on my tablet to watch when traveling.

The scheduling of downloading wasnt a problem for me at all with a free addon to the browser.

I dont really download to my PC any more though because I dont need to prerecord content since i dropped Viasat.
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I still use PlayOn Cloud a lot to record content on my tablet to watch when traveling.
If I were to ever get ground based service that allowed me to stream like much of the general public, I think I'd still sometimes use PlayOn Cloud for this very reason, or just to have series and movies that I like on hand.  Though digital transmission is the technology of today and tomorrow, I still like having hard copies of some things.