We’re all watching a lot of programs on the internet these days. Some of us have cut the cord of cable entirely and gone to 100 percent streaming for our TV and movie entertainment. It’s a convenient, affordable option with seemingly endless choices of things to watch at any given moment. But sometimes this convenience can be upended by live streaming problems that have the picture quality looking bad, which can be a frustrating experience.
If you’re ever experienced live streaming problems, you know exactly what it can be like to be completely engaged in a show, movie or sports broadcast and be snapped out of it by the picture quality suddenly getting blurry or pixelated. It’s so annoying! Here are some reasons why your live streaming quality is poor, and what you can do to resolve live streaming issues.
One of the main culprits of poor-quality live streaming is internet speed. Streaming video is one of the things that uses up the most bandwidth for an internet connection, and when you start to run out of bandwidth, live streaming often reverts to lower quality to allow you to keep watching without shutting off entirely.
There are several reasons why this may be happening. For example, with some internet services, if many people in your neighborhood are simultaneously performing many internet-heavy tasks like streaming, gaming or downloading large files, there can be an impact on the overall bandwidth for the entire neighborhood. In this case, you may experience poor streaming quality, often during certain peak times (like 4 to 9 pm).
Another reason you may be experiencing live streaming issues is that the internet bandwidth in your home is being used up by other devices. Gaming, for example, can use up a lot of bandwidth. If someone’s streaming a movie in one room, and someone else is gaming in another, and you’re trying to watch a show in the living room in HD, you may experience drops in quality due to so much internet traffic happening at the same time.
How you can fix poor streaming quality
The best way to fix live streaming issues is to make sure you have enough internet bandwidth to handle the amount of traffic you may need to accommodate at any given time.
This starts with your internet service. If you consistently see live streaming problems, consider upgrading to an internet service provider plan that has a higher download speed.
Another option is to upgrade your wi-fi router. If your internet service has a high-enough maximum download speed and you feel that it should be able to handle all the traffic in your home without compromising your live streaming quality, the problem might be that your router isn’t up to par. You may consider upgrading to a wi-fi router rated for higher internet speeds.
Another solution is to add on a non-streaming TV option, which may eliminate the problem of poor live streaming quality entirely. If you are looking to upgrade your internet service, or to add on a non-streaming service like DirecTV, contact the pros at JDS Systems today.