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How to Reduce Buffering for Streamed Netflix Content

Updated July 19, 2017

Netflix is an online video streaming service that delivers TV shows, movies and other video related content directly to your Netflix device. Most Netflix devices support the high-definition streaming capabilities of most media on Netflix. Although these videos look great, they take a toll on slower Internet connections or connections with multiple users on it simultaneously. Netflix automatically determines the video quality of the streamed content based on the speed of your Internet connection. Buffering can be reduced by making sure you're getting the most out of your Internet connection.

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  1. Unplug the broadband modem and router (if applicable) from their AC power outlets for one minute. Reconnect the broadband modem to its AC outlet, and wait one minute for the Internet connection to stabilise. Reconnect the router to its AC outlet, and wait one minute for the wireless to recycle. Open a Web browser, such as Internet Explorer, to test the connection.

  2. Disable and close any programs that require an Internet connection. This includes applications such as multiplayer games, antivirus and instant messaging programs.

  3. Start the Netflix video you want to watch. Pause the video for two minutes, and then resume watching. During a pause, Netflix loads the next five minutes of the video, giving your Internet connection time to catch up without buffering every other second.

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About the Author

Chappy Sinclair has been writing professionally since 2006. He has been able to share his gaming and computer-related impressions and opinions on a national scale with published submissions in "PC Gamer Magazine" and "Maximum PC." Sinclair is currently studying for an aeronautical degree in navigation and avionics at the American Academy of Aeronautics.

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