YouTube TV is a streaming service that allows users to access live television channels, on-demand content, and cloud-based DVR recordings. It is similar to other streaming services such as Sling TV, Hulu Live, and AT&T TV Now. Users can access various local and cable channels, including news, sports, and entertainment networks. YouTube TV also includes access to YouTube Premium original content. The service is available on various devices, including smart TVs, streaming, and mobile devices. Users can also use it on the web browsers. It requires a monthly subscription to access the content.
However, although YouTube TV is a popular and relatively convenient streaming service, some users constantly complain that the service takes too long to buffer. This can be quite a problem if you like watching TV shows and don’t want to miss anything. There are many reasons why YouTube TV may take too long to buffer. Let’s examine a few of the most popular reasons and how to solve them.
What are the reasons for YouTube TV buffering?
Buffering is a process that occurs when a device (such as a computer, smartphone, or streaming device) preloads or stores a certain amount of data from a streaming service, such as YouTube TV or Netflix, before playing it. This is done to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted playback experience.
When buffering happens, the device is downloading or loading more data from the Internet, which can take some time. During this process, the video or audio may appear to be paused or stop playing altogether, and a spinning wheel or “loading” message may be displayed on the screen. Once enough data has been loaded into the buffer, playback will resume. In the case of YouTube TV, there are several main reasons for too long buffering:
Too slow internet connection
The most common and straightforward reason for the long buffering of YouTube TV is a too slow an internet connection for your chosen picture quality. This means the YouTube TV application does not have time to download and process the audio and video stream from the server at your request to run and keep the content broadcast stable.
The problem can also be caused by an interruption of the Internet signal in your router or device due to a corrupted Wi-Fi module. You should check if the network works well with other applications and services.
Too many devices on the same network
Another issue that can cause buffering in YouTube TV is the number of devices connected to your access point. If your access point and device are connected to another dozen different devices that also use the Internet, the data rate will be distributed equally between all the devices. This means that your device’s data transfer speed can be significantly reduced.
Bugs in the YouTube TV app or browser
Also, sometimes your device’s operating system may block the application’s connection to the Internet or YouTube TV servers. This can happen if other services require Internet and your system considers them a higher priority.
Blocking YouTube TV from your ISP
Another problem that rarely occurs with different users is that your provider may limit your YouTube TV traffic for some reason. This does not happen often and is usually just an error, but if you do not find other reasons, you may want to contact your provider to see if there is a problem.
The YouTube TV server doesn’t work
The most unpleasant thing that can happen to you is a problem with your YouTube TV servers. Sometimes, they may be under technical maintenance, or the servers will be unavailable for some time. In this case, you’ll lose access to YouTube TV for an unlimited amount of time. All that remains in this situation – is to wait for Google specialists to fix the problem.
How can you fix YouTube TV buffering?
Let’s examine what you can do to avoid constant buffering on YouTube TV. All these fixes will rely on possible causes of constant buffering. So it’s worth trying them one by one until you find the exact solution that helps you. To fix YouTube TV, you will need to:
Increase Internet speed
The first thing to do is to test your Internet speed with Speedtesat to see how fast you are. If necessary, you will need to increase your internet speed to access higher resolution and better picture quality. The internet speed requirements for watching YouTube TV look like this:
|Internet Speed||Video Quality|
|<3 Mbps||Buffering even with standard video quality|
|>3 Mbps||Standard video quality|
|>7 Mbps||Single HD video quality|
|>13 Mbps||Multiple devices can stream HD video.|
|>25 Mbps||4K video quality|
Note that the actual speed may differ from what you negotiated with your ISP. So before you call them and ask them to change something, you need to check the speed with special Speedtests.
Restart your router and disconnect unnecessary devices
Next step, if the speeds meet the requirements, you should restart your access point. I also recommend that you disconnect all unnecessary devices from the access point so that they do not take up traffic and you can get full access to the maximum speed of your network.
Restart your device
Also, YouTube TV problems can be software. If the error is related to the application or conflicts within the operating system, you can solve it by simply restarting your device. Moreover, whether it be a Smart TV, Smartphone or computer does not matter. Restarting, in any case, can solve most system errors and conflicts.
Try a different browser or device
You should try using a different browser or device, if available. This way, you can see if the problem was with the wireless connection or if it was a problem with your device. If everything works fine with a different device or browser when connected to the same network, you should try resetting your device or reinstalling your browser.