Article by Herb Kimble.
Streaming live TV has become really popular. There are at least a dozen services nowadays where you can view all the regular TV channels, movies and favorite shows. These use streaming technology to deliver media. This is a good solution for those who are tired of huge cable bills.
It does require a fast internet connection though. You’ll need to be able to download at least 2 megabits per second but 5 megabits per second is preferred.
How Does Streaming Work?
In the old days, all content from the internet had to be downloaded before you could open and view it. Now instead of downloading the whole file, your content is placed in a buffer, which is a type of temporary memory.
The problem arises when your internet connection is not fast enough to keep the buffer full. When this happens, your audio and video will be affected.
How to Fix Buffering Issues
The easiest way to fix this problem is to purchase a faster internet connection from your supplier. In some cases, you may be paying for faster speeds but not getting them. There are websites where you can quickly check your upload and download speeds to make sure you’re getting what you paid for.
Other ways to fix slow internet include:
Disable plug-ins and apps that might be hogging all the bandwidth
Use a different DNS server. There are some free alternatives, such as one offered by Google.
Call your internet service provider and complain
Troubleshoot your Wi-Fi connection
Get a new ISP and/or plan
For the future, streaming may be the best option for all types of media. That means everyone will need the fastest internet possible.
This article was provided by Herb Kimble. Herb Kimble is an entrepreneur, as well as a dedicated actor, and growing film producer. He is currently based in the Los Angeles area, where he has co-founded CineFocus Productions and is working toward the release of his upcoming streaming service, Urban Flix.