Amazon Prime Video

From: william (WILLIAMA)23 Aug 22:18
To: ALL1 of 14
Just curious. Any UK Amazon Prime video users experiencing really shit reception recently? I know they've reduced bandwidth on the 4K service while people are using streaming more, but trying to watch things lately I get constant buffering and errors. That's with a steady 200+ mbit internet service. I know my TV's SOC is only allowing half that, but according to the Netflix speed check thingy, it actually gets around 100 mbits which is more than plenty.
From: Manthorp24 Aug 07:30
To: william (WILLIAMA) 2 of 14
I din't have Prime, but I do have Netflix and they're really throttling stuff atm.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)24 Aug 11:45
To: william (WILLIAMA) 3 of 14
Our free (through the library; we get 16 movies a month) streaming service Kanopy gets choppy during prime time.
From: william (WILLIAMA)24 Aug 11:50
To: Manthorp 4 of 14
I assumed it was throttling by Amazon plus increased demands on their servers. Surprised by how bad it is though. They are a major supplier of cloud storage so I wouldn't have expected their servers to be quite so stretched. Trying to watch the Man in the High Castle and it freezes every few minutes while the annoying circle icon rotates. I suppose it might also be Virgin Media having bandwidth issues on its cable internet service.
From: ANT_THOMAS24 Aug 19:18
To: william (WILLIAMA) 5 of 14
Speak to Jim.
I always forget I have Prime Video. I should make more use of it.
From: milko24 Aug 23:21
To: william (WILLIAMA) 6 of 14
I’ve not used it much lately but it was ok during last week I think. 
From: graphitone25 Aug 16:37
To: ANT_THOMAS 7 of 14
Where does one ask Jim nowadays? I've not really used anything since the demise of bit-torrent btjunkie ages back. 
EDITED: 25 Aug 16:39 by GRAPHITONE
From: Manthorp25 Aug 17:30
To: graphitone 8 of 14
Piratebay has gone to hell in a handcart, so I usually use limetorrents through Tor, with BT4G to mop up obscurities,
From: ANT_THOMAS25 Aug 17:30
To: graphitone 9 of 14
They're generally all laced with popups and ads these days.
I tend to use magnet dl (which doesn't have popups and isn't banned on Sky or VM yet).
rarbg on a VPN
From: graphitone26 Aug 11:46
To: ANT_THOMAS Manthorp 10 of 14
So, a personal VPN is recommended for such shenanigans then?
From: ANT_THOMAS26 Aug 17:30
To: graphitone 11 of 14
To grab the torrent/magnet? Yeah, loads of torrent sites are blocked. Or just use TOR browser as Manthorp mentioned.

To download the actual content? Your choice, I never have and I'm yet to end up in jail on piracy charges.
From: william (WILLIAMA)26 Aug 17:34
To: graphitone 12 of 14
Silly not to, really. Especially as they're not expensive. I use NordVPN which is cheap and simple. They have double VPN (connect via two anonymous servers) if you're feeling especially shy. They do an Onion connection as well but I've never got it to work. I use it for all trips to see Jim even for usenet which somewhat safer than torrenting. 
From: william (WILLIAMA)26 Aug 17:39
To: william (WILLIAMA) 13 of 14
As for what Ant says: yeah, up to you and it's probably low risk. In my case, I'm a bit stuck for decent internet connections (although CityFibre are about to stick a gigabit connection outside my house) as it's either a high speed Virgin cable or a shitty 6-7 Mbit phone thing. So I don't want to upset Virgin with loads of dodgy torrenting (that they can see).