Updated: Sep 8
Let's Talk Buffering
Buffering is a term most if not all internet users are familiar with. This phenomenon is often blamed for diminished enjoyment of streaming media online. It's a frustrating experience, that much everyone can agree on. But what does 'buffering' mean, and more importantly, how can it be addressed? Live Channel TV works diligently to ensure that its servers operate at peak performance, making buffering and freezing a thing of the past.
The Reasons behind Buffering
Buffering is typically an outcome of a faulty setup or a weak connection. If buffering is occurring on every channel, the problem will probably be resolved by following the tips shared here.
Performance Tips: Internet Connection
A smooth and hassle-free streaming experience requires a good internet connection. Ideally, a speed of 60 Mbps or higher is suggested. Do you know your current internet speed? Test it at fast.com to determine if it's sufficient. Remember to conduct the test from the device experiencing the buffering issues—for example, if buffering is occurring on your Fire Stick, run the speed test from your Fire Stick.
Having too many devices connected to your WiFi can slow down your internet connection, resulting in buffering. Assess your connected devices to see if any are running or using resources unnecessarily. Try to keep your streaming device in a location where it can receive a strong signal.
The device you're using to stream content can greatly impact the occurrence of buffering. Older Android boxes may not have the required storage or memory to run new applications fluidly, resulting in buffering. Navigate through Settings > Apps > Manage Installed Applications and uninstall any unnecessary apps or close those running in the background. If you're using an older device, consider upgrading to new ones like the Amazon Fire TV 4k Stick or the A1 TV Elite.
Buffering or freezing can also be caused by ISP throttling, where your internet provider slows down or blocks streaming services. This problem can be alleviated by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service on your streaming device. A VPN can bypass any throttling or blocks imposed by your ISP. We suggest Nord VPN, which has been tested for compatibility and performance with IPTV.
Sometimes, all it takes is a simple reboot to fix buffering issues. Simply unplug your streaming device and your router/modem, wait a few minutes, and then plug them back in. A direct connection to your Wi-Fi signal using an Ethernet cable is also recommended. Consider upgrading your Ethernet cable to Cat8, which is faster than Cat6a and supports greater bandwidth, thus reducing latency for superior signal quality.
Here are some other general tips that might help you:
Reboot your streaming device and router.
Avoid keeping unnecessary apps running in the background.
Optimize your app settings to match your device's capabilities.
Investigate whether your internet service and or streaming device needs an upgrade if buffering only occurs on 1080 movies or during peak hours.
For recurring issues, consider changing your internet service provider and check speed throttling. Buffering issues can be frustrating, but with a bit of investigation and adjustment, they can usually be resolved. Run through these tips, make the necessary adjustments and hopefully, enjoy buffer-free streaming! Happy watching!