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Tips Why Do My Videos Buffer?

You love to watch videos on the Internet, but hate it when they buffer? This can be a frustrating problem to have, especially when it seems to be an inconsistent issue that is difficult to diagnose. There are several different things that can cause videos to play inconsistently. This article will help you understand different factors that can cause videos to buffer and what you might be able to do to resolve these issues.
Content Providers
Streaming content providers such as YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu push out the most demanding content on the Internet: streaming HD video content. These videos are stored on their servers and delivered to your computer or tablet when you try to watch the video. If the providers are getting more requests to watch videos than they can handle, this could delay the transfer of the video to your screen. This will cause the video to pause or buffer until enough of it can download for you to view.

Internet Speed
Since video files are typically large, they do require more Internet speed, or bandwidth, at any given time, to display the video properly on your device without interruption. Each content provider has recommended speeds to view their content. Failures to meet these requirements will likely cause videos to be poor quality or have frequent stops and starts.

Recommended Download Speeds:

YouTube:
1.5 Mbps to 6.0 Mbps per video, depending on content

Netflix and Hulu:
3.0 Mbps – recommended for DVD quality
5.0 Mbps – recommended for HD quality
7.0 Mbps – recommended for Super HD quality
12.0 Mbps – recommended for 3D quality

It is important to remember that these recommended guidelines are for one device at any given time. In today’s households, it is common to have several devices connected to the Internet at a time.

For instance, if you have one member of the household who wants to watch an HD Netflix video on a TV, another member who wants to watch a YouTube video on their phone, and another household member who wants to play online video games on their gaming system, this would require a lot of bandwidth to accommodate the Internet usage. Finding the appropriate speed to match your household’s Internet usage habits will give you the best Internet experience. Call SKT today and we will help you determine the bandwidth necessary to keep all your household devices working to their full potential.
Your Home Network
Another element is your wireless router. Many home routers are only meant to handle a couple of devices at a time and can get quickly overloaded if a family-full of people connects all their smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and smart TVs to one router. What you can do is to make sure that you have a router that is equipped to handle a heavy traffic load if you are in a household that consumes a lot of data. SKT offers a couple of different routers to meet your specific needs. Call SKT today for help in determining which router is best for you.