I discovered that for me, living in CH, but SB hosted in California, that I get the best speeds when watching on slingbox.com. I get HD quality on slingbox.com, and just nearly get it with slingplayer (newer one), but the difference is totally recognizable. It like flips from high quality to HD quality. I only discovered this when my slingplayer, which i normally used, was not working and started using on slingbox.com. I have no insights as to why, but with slingbox these days, unfortunatley, you cant question and just be happy it works.