How to Speed Up Streaming for Movies

Written by mario calhoun
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Video streaming through Windows Media Player on your PC or QuickTime on your Macintosh computer allows you to watch high-quality movies without waiting for hours for the video to download, as the movie is streamed from a server rather than stored on your computer. If you notice your movie takes awhile to begin, you can adjust your computer's buffer settings to a lower waiting time, which speeds up the streaming time. Be aware, however, that this may cause frequent pauses throughout the movie for buffering.

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Things you need

  • Windows Media Player 10 or later
  • QuickTime 7.0 or later

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    Windows Media Player

  1. 1

    Double-click "Windows Media Player."

  2. 2

    Click "Tools" and "Options" on the WMP's menu.

  3. 3

    Click "Advanced" and "Streaming Media." Click "Change" and slide the tab to the left.

  4. 4

    Click "OK."


  1. 1

    Click "System Preferences" on the screen's dock, or click "Apple" and "System Preferences."

  2. 2

    Click "QuickTime" and "Streaming" to open the streaming preferences.

  3. 3

    Click "Streaming Speed" and click a higher speed.

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