Buffering has become the bane of our lives. Just when you’re getting to the best part of a show on Netflix or iPlayer, it suddenly stutters to a halt, with that loading wheel spinning endlessly.
Here’s everything you need to know about buffering…
What causes buffering?
Often buffering is a result of poor download speeds, which is to do with your download speeds, and how many people you are sharing with.
For your stream to work, there needs to be a computer at the other end delivering it to you, and if it gets overloaded then your stream will suffer – a common problem with BBC iPlayer.
As the computer gets overloaded, the quality of the signal between it and your device suffers, and becomes weaker.
As a result bits of the stream have to be repeated, so the ‘conversation’ between the computer and your device gets slowed right down. A bit like “what? what? what?” from grandpa when he’s lost his hearing aid!
A common reason that keeps you buffering is your own device – especially if it has a bug, or is running too many programmes at once.
Viruses often cause buffering if malicious software is running in the background on your device – make sure you check for viruses regularly and use anti-virus software.
How can I stop buffering?
1. Stop running programmes you don’t need
To combat buffering, remember to keep reputable anti-malware software running and constantly updated, and press ctrl+alt+del to check what’s programmes you’re running and stop what you don’t need.
2. Do a speed test
If you regularly have buffering problems and your internet surfing is overall slow, you may have some connection difficulty. Test this easily online by visiting: www.speedtest.net
3. Delete temporary files
Deleting your temporary cache and Internet files may help, because they’re weighing your device down.
Before you stream, go into your browser’s settings and clear the recent history and all temporary Internet files to ensure you’re allowing it to work unrestrained.
4. Use a wire indoors
Women violet Boots rot rot ALMA Ankle Of course you’ll always get better results by using a wired connection instead of wifi wherever possible, and don’t be surprised by more buffering on your smartphone – a smaller device means a smaller aerial.
Women ALMA Ankle rot rot Boots violet 5. Get five seconds ahead on your media player
You can update your media player so that it is essentially 5 seconds ahead before playing.
- Press Start button in the bottom left hand corner.
- Select Run and type: mplayer2
- Select View and then click Options
- Choose Advanced
- Select the Streaming Media option.
- Click Change and Set the Buffer to 0
6. Get a faster connection
One of the easiest things you can do to banish buffering is get a faster broadband connection. This might be easier than you think, and is even possible in rural areas.
7. Run antivirus
Run antivirus software to get rid of malicious software that could be running in the background of your device, causing other programmes to buffer.
Buffering – a worldwide problem
It has now expanded to over 130 countries worldwide. This wider rollout will make YouTube Go available to a large number of people who want the ability to watch YouTube videos, even if they don’t have a good connection, or find themselves offline.
Like other apps designed for emerging markets, YouTube Go includes a suite of features that take in consideration the high costs of data, poor signal strength, and the prevalent use of SD cards on Android devices.