How to Increase Buffer Size in Netflix

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How to Increase Buffer Size in Netflix
With Netflix you can watch movies and TV shows right on your computer. (monitor image by terex from Fotolia.com)

Netflix offers great opportunities for movie entertainment, allowing you to rent DVDs in the mail and watch movies online. Depending on your Internet connection, you may be forced to wait during a movie as Netflix buffers content. Altering how much Netflix buffers to your computer would help this problem, but since that's controlled by Netflix's code you can't change that. You can achieve a similar effect by altering the bit-rate, or the amount of data downloading to your computer. This can reduce or eliminate buffering pauses.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Internet connection
  • Netflix account

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Begin viewing a movie or TV show on Netflix. You may want to pause it initially to get this set-up done without the movie running.

  2. 2

    Click somewhere around the movie itself to ensure the page is selected and ready for your keyboard shortcut.

  3. 3

    Press and hold the shift key and press the "B" key. This is a keyboard shortcut to bring up the Netflix bit-rate menu.

  4. 4

    Select a different bit-rate from the drop-down box that appeared. If you're trying to reduce pauses for buffering, select a bit-rate that's lower than what is already highlighted. This changes the rate of data downloaded to your computer and should provide a smoother viewing experience for you.

Tips and warnings

  • Reducing the bit-rate will affect the quality of the image on your screen. You may want to experiment to find the ideal bit-rate for your set-up.

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