Our Internet connection is practically useless for streaming as the DSL intermittently drops every evening. This is the main reason we have not bothered to try Netflix or any other pay streaming service. It’s not just my line either, as most of my neighbours have the same problem and has been on-going for nearly a year now. Anyone who tried complaining to Eircom (or Errorcom as I heard someone nickname them) got practically nowhere other than ending up with spare replacement routers, splitters, etc. that don’t fix the problem.
Even if the DSL interruptions are fixed, I have a 5Mb DSL link and there is no sign of this ever being upgraded as neither Eircom nor any other broadband provider has any interest in most rural regions. They are all endlessly competing against either other in urban regions boasting speeds up to 120Mb. For example, Eircom’s basic broadband service is 70Mb in Letterkenny. The same DSL package here is 1Mb. :Z
As for watching movies and box sets, we’re still on DVD and have no plans of ever upgrading to Blu-ray. When our 15-year DVD player finally broke down a few months ago, we just picked up another DVD player. I watch very little TV and although my family watch movies and box sets, they don’t find anything wrong with DVD’s picture quality. It wouldn’t surprise me if many DVDs have a better picture quality than the over-compressed HD content streamed online.