@kwyjibo: Thank You. I was begining to feel like I was all alone in a road warrior movie.
Just wondering, I'm on the west cost of Oregon, USA. Where are you? (approxametly)
would you try this site "Windows Experience blog" at http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2011/01/09/live-at-ces-2011-the-mad-geniuses-at-origin-show-the-world-what-s-next-in-power-gaming.aspx?ocid=WI_CL_13383
I'm having the same problem there. It seems to be served up by the same content servers as channel 9. My investgation leads to the content servers as the source of the sloooooooow down.