Why Does Pluto TV Buffer So Much?
Since Pluto TV has over 20 million users, buffering is a constant problem. Whether it’s due to low-speed internet, poor Wi-Fi connectivity, or the quality of your device, it can cause a great deal of frustration.
In this article, we’ll try to find out why Pluto TV buffers so much and offer tips and tricks on how to try and resolve the issue.
What Causes Buffering?
The quality of videos on all streaming platforms depends on many factors. Buffering could be a consequence of app malfunctions, or a combination of the issues highlighted above. Pluto TV is particularly suspectable as it requires a stable signal and speed for the best viewing experience.
As already mentioned, Pluto TV also buffers because of its large number of users. This happens when people start using the service between 8 PM and 10 PM and overload the servers.
To address Pluto TV buffering that’s not related to servers, let’s look at the soft spots in your home network.
If you notice that your Pluto TV app is malfunctioning, one of the quickest ways to fix it is to change the content quality. When you set the video quality to 480p (instead of 1080p), it often resolves any buffering issues.
If you’re still unable to watch videos, however, it’s advisable to stop using it altogether. As you can watch Pluto TV in the browser (Google Chrome or Firefox), it’s usually the best way to consume your content.
If you ruled out all problems with the Pluto TV app, it’s time to check your streaming devices.
After a few years, mobile phones and tablets often have slower processing power. Their batteries are weaker and prone to malfunctions. Many have gigabytes of cached data or apps working in the background that often prevent Pluto TV from functioning correctly. Sometimes, the only solution is to switch to a newer device or to use a Pluto TV app only on the computer or Smart TV.
Services like Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku need to be updated regularly, too. Often, one update can make all the difference.
For problems with Amazon Fire TV, it’s recommended that you clear cache and data to improve the viewing experience.
Before assessing the router, you must exclude any problem with the modem. The best way to test your modem is via the ethernet cable that runs from router to your computer.
Restart the modem and wait until your computer is connected to the internet and then check the speed with a quick speed test. Usually, speeds between 10 and 15 Mbps are suitable for high-quality streaming.
If you’ve ruled out the modem as a potential culprit, it’s now time to check the Wi-Fi router.
Router’s Connection Speed
All of us have houses full of tablets, computers, and phones connected to only one Wi-Fi router. If you’re experiencing continuous buffering, check the number of devices currently in use.
With four or five devices simultaneously connected to the router, it’s impossible to access any streaming platform without significant delays.
Firstly, you must disable most of your devices and run a speed test in proximity to the router. We already mentioned that you need at least 10 Mbps for a stable streaming experience. If you notice a discrepancy in numbers, you’ve found your problem.
If the speed is good, repeat the same process a bit further away to see if there are any noticeable changes. Router technology is continuously improving, and if the speed drops as you move away from the router, it’s probably time for a new one.
Using a VPN changes the performance of any streaming service. Since Pluto TV isn’t available worldwide, users still experience inevitable buffering.
To make sure you can watch Pluto TV from anywhere across the globe, update regularly, and find a reliable VPN service that works best for you.
Sometimes, devices simply need to be unplugged and reset to solve buffering issues. Resets can help to restore settings or forget a Wi-Fi and connect to a new one. Also, restarting your modem, router, or Smart TV often restores stable speed or the Wi-Fi signal.
Unexpected Buffering Bugs
We can’t escape buffering even if everything works perfectly. Every streaming platform faces problems that take time to resolve. The important thing is to stay calm and use these steps outlined in this article to find the weak link and address the issue.
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