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Tips for Improving Streaming Video Quality and Speed

Improving streaming video quality and speed may not be entirely within your control but there are still a number of options to attempt.

Choppy Playback

If you find your streaming video will play at an acceptable speed for a few minutes or seconds but then pause to buffer continuously, this may be an issue with your computer. There are three possible solutions for this problem.

Begin by turning off “Hardware Acceleration,” an option available in the Control Panel under Settings and Advanced. In the Troubleshoot tab drag the slider completely to the left. If you are using a Macintosh computer there is no automatic Hardware Acceleration, so this option is not available to you. Hardware Acceleration is meant to cause all running programs to use the same universal setting. By turning this option off you will enable each program to run as it wishes.

Slow or Constant Buffering

If your computer is constantly buffering or takes an abnormally long amount of time to buffer videos there are a few options.

The first is to adjust your buffer settings. Once again, this option is only available for those using Windows Media Player. In the Windows Media Player choose the View menu, then Options, then the Advanced tab, then Streaming Media. Click Change to alter the buffer settings– the higher you set the buffer, the more of the clip will need to be loaded. If you force Windows Media Player to wait until most of the clip is loaded before playing you should not cause any buffering to occur while watching but it will take longer for the clip to play.


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