Is anyone else's running slooowwwwlllyyy?

Clive roadcone at
Wed Jul 13 16:15:22 EDT 2011

On 13/07/2011 21:08, Christopher Woods (CustomMade) wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: get_iplayer-bounces at
>> [mailto:get_iplayer-bounces at] On Behalf Of Clive
>> Sent: 13 July 2011 20:29
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>> Subject: Re: Is anyone else's running slooowwwwlllyyy?
>> It seems to have settled down to totally unusable. Either the
>> connection establishes very slowly and invariably times out
>> or it establishes very quickly and at random points in the
>> download either re-starts itself with the error messages:
> What the rest of us need to see is some comparative analysis of transfers
> done over your connection direct, and some downloads done through a
> (reliable, fast) proxy server using a VPN or SSH tunnel. If someone geeky
> fancies doing some testing but is short of a good bandwidthed UK server to
> route through for testing, I can give them a lend of my machine in
> Maidstone. (contact me off-list if you want to organise.)
> The speed test / results should then help narrow down the root cause -
> whether it's poor routing, congestion in your area, obvious traffic shaping
> or whether it's being done by the Beeb based on the behaviour of get_iplayer
> itself. (or perhaps all four...?)
> To confirm, everyone suffering is on Virgin Media cable?
I can't help with that. But to provide a little bit more information - 
which does not lead anywhere - is that I just tried Falco using the PVR 
interface and it came down like a train. I immediately tried one episode 
of Vanity Fair and it failed and failed with the same set of error 
messages displayed on the PVR web page interface.

Does the use of a proxy avoid the problems if they are VM network issues 
or traffic management? After all, the traffic still uses VM for the 
first/last let of the journey.


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