I’ve been having LOVEFiLM buffering problems for some time now. This only started when we changed broadband provider, so I’m tempted to say that it’s Virgin’s traffic shaping that is causing the issues. Anyway, I’m not writing to moan about that, I don’t know exactly what has caused the problem so I’m not pointing my finger at anyone.
When in full screen mode, I get LOVEFiLM constantly buffering every minute or so, for 2-5 seconds. This can get pretty annoying. It struck me that there was a pretty strong chance that in normal mode (with the video playing on the page it first loads on, i.e. not in full screen) it was a lower quality stream. This seems to hold true, since it never buffers for me at this size. Now, this isn’t perfect, it’s a workaround rather than a fix, but try the following if you are experiencing similar buffering issues with LOVEFiLM:
- Put the browser into full-screen (usually F11)
- Get the zoom right (usually using Ctrl and +/-)
- Scroll the window optimally using cursors or mouse
There you have it, a pseudo-full screen view that is pretty low quality, but in all my tests across Linux/Mac/Windows seems to do the trick and avoids all buffering problems…
Let me know how you get on.
EDIT: Ben (see comments) reports an even better answer to LOVEFiLM buffering problems:
“Just tried this and it helps, but after a bit more tinkering I tried the popout version of the player. Made that full screen and removed the navigation toolbar. No need to zoom, full screen and no buffering!! (It also seem better quality)”