+1 to all this. Happening consistently enough again that I'm actually posting about it this time around. I know it's being worked on, but I figured I'd rather say something instead of just whining to myself :)
This continues to be my video experience with premium videos. Stopping to buffer for quite a while 6 seconds into UPF. This was after it already happened 2 seconds in. It never smooths out. Randomly, I'll have decent premium video playback, but most days when I see this happening, I just have to give up and do something else.
Getting the same thing here. Chrome, Windows 7, amazing internet connection that never has anything else buffer like this.
Came in here to post about the same issue. It's *incredibly* inconsistent; I can go 1-2 weeks without it happening at all, and then out of no where I run into insane buffering issues on all videos for at least 2-3 days. I used to run the Ghostery extension (disabled on Giant Bomb), but have removed that recently. The only other extensions I have installed are Reddit Enhancement Suite and a launcher for Tweetdeck. On Chrome Version 66.0.3359.181, 64 bit, Windows 10. Switching to a set video quality (instead of auto) will sometimes help short term, but again, very inconsistent. Same goes for moving to progressive.
Chiming in here to comment on running into the same issue within the past month or two. I've tried moving the quality down to low as well to see if it resolves the problem, and while it occurs less often, it still happens enough through out the videos to be annoying. I've moved back to streaming/progressive for the time being so I can still watch every thing hassle free, but HTML5 is preferred because it's not such a CPU hog.
I don't think they're necessarily hidden gems, but I still don't feel that enough people have played them. Puzzle Agent and its sequel are both fantastic games in the same vein as something like Professor Layton, but with more of a Twin Peaks/Fargo vibe. Relatively short depending on how you handle the puzzles, I guess, but they're always on sale for cheap if you're against the $5 price point.