How To Fix A Slow Apple TV?

Has your Apple TV suddenly started to exhibit a lag while streaming or have you always gotten a slow, interrupted stream of video since you purchased your device? The root of slow and lagging streaming on an Apple TV can be found in either the software or hardware of the TV. Network issues are also a major cause of slow streaming- an 8Mb/s connection is the optimal connection needed for uninterrupted 1080p HD display, while a speed of 6Mb/s is needed of lower quality displays like a 720p video. A relatively slower speed is needed for standard definition viewing, with Apple recommending a speed of 2.5Mb/s.

To Fix Your Slow Apple TV You Need to Take the Following Steps

Switch Connection Type
If you are using a wireless router to connect your Apple TV to your router, ensure the router is within effective range to prevent slow connection speeds. You may consider getting a new router if the current one is acting up- ensure your new or existing modem has a "802.11a", "?g" or "n" wireless network compatibility, which Apple TVs require to stream videos. Switching your connection mode to a wired route is also advised. The Apple TV comes equipped with a port for Ethernet cable connection, allowing you to directly connect your TV to your internet modem for faster internet access.

Troubleshooting Your Network
Ensure your router or modem is transmitting properly and unhindered. Reset your modem and reconnect your Apple TV to ensure the issue is not from your home network. It is also advisable to reduce the risk of wireless interference by removing any device operating on 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless bands, capable of disrupting the Apple TVs wireless connection to the router. You must also ensure your router or modem is placed in an open space with no hindrances obstructing its transmission.

Software Update
Resetting and updating your Apple TV software can help you beat the slow streaming speeds. To update your software, follow this step:
1. Click on the settings option in the menu
2. Select general on the settings option
3. Click on Restart to initiate a soft reset
4. After restarting, go back to the general settings menu
5. Click on Software Updates and install any available update.

Switch Streaming Quality
A slow network can cause slow streaming of your Apple TV, you can adjust your video resolution to match your network speed in order to avoid buffering and lagging. Go to your Apple TV’s settings menu and scroll down to the section on iTunes store and click Video Resolution. You have the option of switching your streaming quality from either a 720p display or to a Standard Definition (SD) display. Adjusting your video resolution for video streaming services like HBO, Netflix and Hulu cannot be done on your Apple TV, rather, you must go through your account on such services.

Following all the steps listed above will, most of the time, fix your slow Apple TV. If the slowness persists or even worsens contact the manufacturers or retailer you purchased it from, for a replacement or repair.