We’ve all been there at some point.
Perhaps the film you’ve been watching is just about to get to the really exciting bit. Or your team is just about to shoot for goal Or the Box Set you’ve been following for the last few months is just about to reveal all of its secrets.
And then the buffer icon comes up and you’re left swearing at the TV as you have to wait to find out what happens next or (in the case of live sport) what you missed.
Buffering is perhaps one of the most frustrating things when it comes to streaming media and there’s just no good time for it to happen. No-one can ever guarantee that they’ll be able to remove buffering for good, but there are a number of things that you can do to help minimise how often it happens.
Below we look at the most common solutions for solving your buffering problems in Kodi.
Upgrade your Broadband connection
Perhaps the most common reason for buffering is that your internet connection isn’t able to support the speeds required to download content constantly without having to pause every few minutes. This is especially true if you have a lot of other devices using up your bandwidth.
For example, you might have a couple of phones/tablets connected via wi-fi, your other half streaming music in a different room and a games console downloading various patches. In that case, there’s just not going to be a whole lot of bandwidth for you to stream content continuously to your Kodi box.
Therefore, there are two ways around this.:
- Firstly, try to limit the bandwidth being used by other devices when you’re watching content on Kodi. If you don’t want your football matches to be pausing every few minutes, then try to make sure that you’re not streaming continuous content from other providers such as YouTube or Spotify.
- If that’s not possible, then have a look at upgrading your broadband connection. It’s hard to say exactly what download speed you should be looking for as it will vary from one person to another (depending on the quality of the content and the number of devices that you have connected simultaneously but I would say that you don’t want anything less than 8MBps as a bare minimum.
Stick to SD content
It doesn’t take a genius to realise that the higher the quality of your content, the more bandwidth it’s going to take to download. Therefore, if you’re struggling to stream your content consistently, stay away from the HD streams and stick to the SD stuff. That way you’re not going to need as much bandwidth which in turn improves your chances of avoiding buffering.
Use a Debrid Tool
For a quick fix solution, then you might want to check out a debrid tool. These providers offer high quality streams for a few pounds/euros/dollars a month with the added benefit that, because this is a paid solution, much fewer users are accessing each of the feeds. As a result, much less strain is put on the server providing the media and as a result, you still get to enjoy HD feeds without any buffering issues..
Buffering is perhaps one of the most frustrating things when it comes to streaming media
The most popular Debrid tool out there is Real Debrid (www.real-debrid.com) which can sort out your buffering issues for as littler as €3 per month. For more information on Real Debrid, you might want to check out article on what Real Debrid is and how it works.
Once you sign up, you’ll be able to access Real Debrid links from your favourite add-ons, but you might also want to check out the Release Hub Add On which provides a wide range of movie and TV content that is only streamed over Real Debrid links.
Use a Premium Add-On
Unfortunately, when it comes to streaming sports the old adage is true: you do tend to get what you pay for. Therefore, if you’re getting frustrated trying to watch football on a free stream, you may want to check out the various premium solutions that will provide higher quality and more reliable feeds for as little as £5 a month (when you subscribe for a year).
Upgrade your box
If you’ve exhausted all of the other options above, unfortunately, sometimes it’s just going to be about the hardware that you’re using. If you’re using an old box (or trying to stream via your router) then you can help your buffering prospects by upgrading to a newer device.
Our favourite box is the Nvidia Shield. It’s not a cheap solution, but worth it in our opinion if you’re streaming content regularly. For those of you who are new to Kodi (or just streaming occasionally), something like the Amazon Fire Stick is the lower priced option.