I searched the forum and found some info that touches on my question, but nothing that really answers it specifically. But I apologize in advance if my question has already been answered and I just missed it. Here's my question:
I opened a stream from the NBA forum that was listed as being 500k. In the StreamTorrent window, under the Bitrate column, it consistently displayed 464k (I think that's what it was but it could have been slightly higher or lower), but at the bottom of the actual StreamTorrent player it displayed only 225k. The actual video quality seems like it worsened after a while, I'd say about 20 minutes after I had opened the stream. Also, I don't think it ever buffered above about 70%. Just to test, I tried another stream (from the NHL forum) and got much the same result.
I'm using the latest version of StreamTorrent, Version 1.0(Build 0078). I'm using the latest update of Windows Vista. I am not going through a router. I have Comcast broadband hi-speed internet and a brand new modem, and I just tested my speed and it's 30.53 Mbps download and 4.94 Mbps upload (although it might have been a little slower earlier when I tried to play the stream).
So my questions are, why did the StreamTorrent window display a much higher bitrate speed than the actual StreamTorrent player displayed, and why did the stream not buffer above about 70%? Is it possible that it's because the streams I tried were both playoff games and thus were being watched by so many people that it bogged down the stream?
Any help anyone can provide would be very much appreciated. Thank you!