I hope this is the right area, I thought it was the best fit for my problem.
My box: Mini M8S II, S905X, 2GB/16GB
So… I rarely watch movies anymore, mostly series, but it still happens and never was any issue before.
However, something happened, must have changed in CE or I don’t know what it is…
Almost every single movie severely stutters for me now.
1080p, 2160p, low bitrate, high bitrate - it does not seem to matter (all x265 btw).
OK, first I thought it might be a bitrate thing and my network was the bottleneck…
So I restarted the NAS, the router and the box of course - no change.
Then I tested a 2160p episode of “Planet Earth II”, extremely high bitrate - no stutters whatsoever!
Alright, I tested a few movies again, all lower bitrate than the PE2 episode - they all stutter and skip frames.
Am I going mad? I never had those kinds of issues in the past!
So then I removed a USB HDD from the NAS and connected it to the box directly and what do you know? The movie plays absolutely fine!
I then updated back to CoreELEC 9.2.1… no change, all the movies still stutter via LAN.
I could try going back further, because I know it all worked fine once… but that does not sound like a good fix to me.
I am out of ideas now and I hope you can help me.
Bitrate does not seem to be an issue, 50mbit/s+ PE2 episode played fine.
All the movies had lower bitrates and still stuttered.
However, all the movies are longer in total playtime, that is the only major difference I can make out.
Could it be a buffer thing?
Encoding is also fine of course - playing via USB went perfectly smooth and I know my encodes. No shitty stuff there.
Please help me!
I appreciate it!