Sorry if this has been answered (as there appears to be a few threads on choppy playback) but I had an odd issue the other night regarding the WDTV Live and video playback.
I have been running the WDTV Live box, hard wired via a Netgear power line box, for about a month now with no issues. However, last night I noticed that videos that I watched the night before are now very choppy and the audio is cutting in and out. I have the base firmware installed since using the latest tended to give me the “cannot play this video” messages several times before it would actually play the video (note that this is not related to the choppy playback). I have tried a combination of AVI and MKV files but have the same results.
I am also noticing a longer than normal delay when I start up videos (i.e. black screen for about 30+ seconds and then the video plays). This is also new behaviour and possibly indicitive of a network streaming issue?
I have checked all my connextions, rebooted my router, computer where the videos are stored, and the WD box but experience the same issues. I also confirmed there is nothing else running on my computer at the same time the video is being played. Playing the same videos on my laptop wirelessly has no issues.
Has anyone experienced this before? I might try a reset of the WD box and see what happens but I was looking for any other possible suggestions.