Monday, March 23, 2015

Is Netflix Flaky On Your Apple TV? Here's How To Test Your Internet Bandwidth.

Do you have audio or video problems while watching a show on Netflix via your Apple TV? Perhaps the video pauses or buffers waiting for data. Is the problem with your Apple TV, router or your Internet connection? Are you connecting via WiFi or Ethernet? No matter how fast your WiFi is, a wired connection will generally be better. It takes quite a bit of bandwidth to stream HIgh Definition Video. There is a handy little test that you can perform that will access your Netflix connection to your Apple TV.

Netflix provides some general guidelines concerning the speed of your Internet connection under specific scenarios.

  • For any streaming, you’ll need a minimum of 0.5 megabits per second (500Kbps), but Netflix recommends 1.5 Mbps (1500Kbps).
  • For DVD quality, you will need 3.0 Mbps (3000Kbps).
  • For HD quality, you will need 5.0 Mbps (5000Kbps).
  • For Super HD and 3D quality, you’ll need around 7.0-12.0 Mbps (7000-12000Kbps).


Armed with this information, you are ready to run the test. Open Netflix on your Apple TV and search for the following Video "Example Short 23.976". Select "Play" and once the stream loads, a real-time reading of your bandwidth will then be displayed on the screen. Let it continue to play for a few minutes and your reading will be more accurate. This will show you exactly how fast you’re getting data from Netflix, and at what resolution.

If the speed is less than you expect, and you are using wifi, try connecting you Apple TV directly - via Ethernet and rerun the test.

Hopefully, this will provide the information you need to improve your Netflix video Stream.