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Amazon s3 / Cloudfront slow?

Posted on 2012-04-03
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I am trying to use s3 and / or cloudfront to host some video files that will be served up using HTML 5.

The videos load fine (to start with), but the native players in IE, Chrome, and Firefox seem to be unable to buffer the videos well enough to keep them playing correctly.

At first, I thought the quality was rendered too high, but now the 10 minute videos are only 78 MB each (on average) with a bitrate of .7Mbps. Well below the YouTube threshold.

So, I tried downloading them directly with wget (command line downloader) and they are coming in at a mere 98KB/s. That's just not fast enough for video, and it seems WAY too slow for Amazon CloudFront / S3. The whole point of using a CDN is to be able to accomodate tens, hundreds, or thousands of concurrent connections...

Is there a setting I need to change in Amazon?

Here's an example video:
http://d3dkalxhddgsu1.cloudfront.net/blog1.ogv

and it's MP4 equivalent:
http://d3dkalxhddgsu1.cloudfront.net/blog1.mp4

Thanks in advance....
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try this download from a different connection, preferably by a different ISP. Probably you have a local problem...
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No... The problem is being reported by other people testing, and I have tested myself with two isps...
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Changed to rackspace. Works fine now.
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