So against my better judgment I updated my Vero 4k + to Kodi 19, I only use my Vero for the perfect plex playback it has given me. I can play anything on the Vero even full bit rate 4k UHD remuxes plays without a sweat.
Seems after the update Plex now takes between 30 to 90 seconds to load and start playing anything through Plex.
Before the update it was instant now I get this type of screen for 30-90 seconds before it will play, This is for any type of video even low bit rate standard def stuff,
Anyone know of a fix for the slower playback of Plex? This is definitely a side effect of kodi 19
In the Plex add-on on the main page click on your username at the top of the home page and then click on “settings” and double check that something hasn’t changed. Specificly make sure that you have streaming set to original quality and direct stream enabled. I just checked Plex on my Vero 4K on the newest release and they had all reverted back to default settings (I think, kind of hard to keep track with various testing I have done). After adjustment playback of a 4K HDR file started within a couple seconds and played back as it had under the previous build.
I switched the allow unsecured option to on and it did not help. Once playing everything works fine even high bandwidth 4k hdr videos so I do not think it’s a wifi issue. Just takes way way way longer for a video to start playing in Plex
Must be some type of upgrade glitch. Hopefully it is eventually resolved.
So I noticed on my plex server the below happens now, this type of thing did not happen before the kodi upgrade and does not happen on any other device using my plex server
This is just trying to play a normal 1080P video, nothing fancy and nothing very bandwidth intense.
So at the start of the bandwidth spike that’s when I hit play on the Vero and it does about 30-60 seconds of the blue circle on the screen and then plays. It seems their is a huge spike in bandwidth usage from the Vero after the time I hit play and settles down once the video starts playing.
Wonder what it is doing when the bandwidth spike hits when I hit play?
That is normal behavior and what it is doing is buffering the video. That buffering shouldn’t have much of any impact on playback start time. In the video I play below the spinning wait icon flashes on my screen for less than a second before my screen blacks out to change refresh rate which is when Kodi had finished analyzing the video and has started playing it.
I’m not sure what to tell you as that is how the Vero is purposely configured to operate in regards to the video buffer. The settings for this buffer have not changed between Kodi 18.x and this new release. The size of the Vero’s buffers are much larger than typical so that bandwidth drop-off would be expected to look a bit more than with other hardware.
The only think I can think of that may be going on is perhaps a possible regression in the WIFI performance factoring in. There are some devs looking into the WIFI and I’m sure they will post something if they find there is an issue and workaround. I switched my Vero over to WIFI to see if I could spot a problem but all I found was maybe an extra half second of delay. Perhaps some insight could be had if you posted iperf tests and logs.
I had severe network performance issues with the 19.1 OSMC configuration also while using hostname. Had to swith to direct IP addresses to solve this issue. Although I am not using Plex, but SMB shares on a Windows server.
As for the logs you would (preferably) reboot twice, enable debug logging, play a file in Plex that displays this lag your having an issue with, then upload via My OSMC, then post the resulting url in this thread.