Already in love with YouTube TV but the constant buffering is just annoying the crap out of you?
Trust me on this one – I’ve been there.
Even though it’s one of the most popular subscription-based services that allow people to stream both live and local sports as well as 70+ other local channels, its constant buffering problem has been reported by people worldwide.
If you are growing frustrated with the rotating arrow or spinning circle of your screen, allow me to help you out.
Throughout this blog post, I’ll be shedding light on why your YouTube TV keeps buffering. Along with the issues, we’ll also look at their respective solutions, allowing you to put an end to the buffering problem immediately.
I’m so excited to help you guys out.
Without further ado, let’s dive into it straight away.
Why Does Your YouTube TV Keep Buffering?
If your YouTube TV is buffering, maybe you have an extremely slow internet connection. Or maybe too many devices are connected to the same internet. Any technical problems with the ISP or content provider may also result in buffering. To help you better understand the reason behind your YouTube TV buffering, allow me to put the relevant points in front of you:
- You Have an Extremely Slow Internet Connection
- Outdated YouTube Application
- Low Device Memory
- Multiple Devices Connected
- Outdated Device Software
- Technical Problems
Let’s touch down on each of these reasons one by one.
You Have an Extremely Slow Internet Connection
Whether you’re watching YouTube TV on your laptop, smartphone, Ruku, Xbox, Google Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV Smart TV, or any place else, the video will keep buffering if you have an extremely poor internet connection.
Or maybe you’re just watching it on an extremely high video resolution – which your internet speed can’t go toe-to-toe with.
We’d advise you to check your internet connection using an internet speed test tool. Fast.com is a popular internet speed testing tool powered by Netflix. As soon as you load the website on your browser, it’ll automatically monitor your internet speed and share the results with you. Click on “Show more info” to look at your latency, upload, and download speed.
Whether you’re using Smart TV or smartphone or PS4, you can launch a browser on these devices and check your internet connection. Or if you are unable to do it on your TV and have your smartphone connected to the same network, you can visit www.fast.com from your mobile device to check the speed of your network connection.
And while slow internet connection is one of the primary reasons behind YouTube TV buffering, that’s not always the case.
Even if you have a fast fiber connection, you may be subject to YouTube TV buffering. What if your ISP is throttling YouTube TV?
If other streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV, and Disney+ are working fine, then that’s definitely the case. To know whether your ISP is throttling YouTube, head over to “Google Video Quality Report” to find out.
This platform will show you your internet connection to the YouTube servers. If your www.fast.com results are good yet connection quality to YouTube on Google Video Quality Report is poor, then your ISP is definitely throttling your connections to YouTube.
Outdated YouTube TV Application
Another reason behind YouTube TV constantly buffering for most people – they are watching the content on an outdated YouTube TV application.
Remember – Google is a multi-billion-dollar company and believes in delivering the highest quality products/services. And they really want YouTube TV to work – which is why they keep rolling out constant updates and bug fixes.
It’s important to keep updating your YouTube TV application. Otherwise, you’ll always find yourself going face-to-face with the loading screen or a never-ending circle.
If your YouTube TV application is outdated, I’d advise you to update it to the latest version straight away.
Low Device Memory
Insufficient storage space is one of the reasons why YouTube TV keeps buffering or freezing. Having too many apps installed on your TV may cause the YouTube TV application to constantly freeze.
If you’ve a smart TV, it’s advisable to clear your TV storage space. If you’re using a PS4 or PS5 or Xbox, I’d advise you to free up storage space on your console. Similarly, if you are streaming it on your smartphone or laptop, my advice to you would be to free up or clear the storage space of your device.
Whatever device you’re using it on, I’d advise you to free up some space, which will probably resolve your issue.
Multiple Devices Connected
Let’s say your TV is connected to the “Technometer” network and you’re trying to stream a live football game on YouTube TV.
But now you see the live streaming consistently buffering.
And again! And again! It’s a never-ending loop.
Worst case scenario – the application crashes or freezes right in front of you.
And you’re done with this. You decide to ditch YouTube TV forever.
BUT! What if I told you that it’s not the quality of the YouTube TV service that ruined your day?
Now, imagine if multiple devices are connected to the same network “Network” and are streaming:
- Device A streaming a movie on Netflix
- Device B streaming a TV series on Netflix
- Device C is streaming YouTube Videos in 4K
Now, if you have a 30 or 50 Mbps internet connection and if multiple devices are connected to it streaming their own content, obviously your YouTube TV streaming is bound to suffer.
Even if they are not streaming content, these devices are consuming network bandwidth – which can result in buffering.
Having multiple devices connected to the same network is not a good idea. If your YouTube TV is buffering, try disconnecting the multiple devices you have connected to the same network.
Outdated Device Software
It doesn’t matter which device you’re streaming YouTube TV on, an outdated OS version may be impacting the performance of your YouTube TV streaming.
Whether you’re streaming on your console or smart TV or mobile, make sure that the device’s operating system is updated.
In this case, I’d advise you to update your device’s OS straight away.
If your YouTube TV is buffering, maybe it’s a technical problem. Maybe, it’s your ISP. Or it may also be on YouTube’s end. You can use DownDetector to check whether YouTube servers are down.
If there have been no downtime issues reported, it may be your ISP.
First, I’d advise you to try restarting your router first. If that doesn’t solve the problem, try restarting the device you’re using YouTube TV on. And if any of either solution doesn’t solve your problem, I’d advise you to get in touch with your internet service provider straight away and try to get the issue resolved.
The never-ending circle going face-to-face with you – I know how frustrating it can get.
We’ve probably all been there. And if you are facing the same issue with YouTube TV, it’s because of any one of the points I’ve mentioned above.
I hope I was able to address your query and help you out.
And if I were, do not forget to smash the like button and drop your valuable feedback.
As always – love you guys!
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