If Netflix Instant is slow or choppy, there are many variables that could be causing the problem. Here are a few troubleshooting steps you can use to see what’s causing Netflix to display video poorly.
One of my favorite features is the ability to enable Netflix to auto-play the next episode when a a TV show episode finishes. It’s great for people who have unlimited Internet access, but if you have a limit, or fall asleep to watching Netflix shows, you may not want episodes playing all night. Here’s how to turn the “Play next episode automatically” feature on or off.
With all the talk about “House of Cards”, “Orange is the New Black”, and other Netflix original shows, “Lilyhammer” was one that slipped under the radar. It has gained a lot of buzz though, now in its third season.
Apple TV users may sometimes see an error displayed that says “An error occurred loading this content” when trying to use Netflix Instant. This is a common error. We’ll help you solve it.
It’s the time of year when family and loved ones gather around the fireplace for the holidays. What? You don’t have a fireplace? Well, how about the next best thing? Netflix Instant, and Amazon Instant once again are offering “Fireplace for Your Home” on their streaming services once again this year.
I’m always in search of movies related to music. So, I added “I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store” to my Netflix Instant queue without hesitation. After reading the description about the movie, it appeared the movie would be about annoying hipsters who have to let everybody know they still listen to records. I was surprised to find that wasn’t the case. Instead the movie delves into a world of “vinyl nerds”, who obsess over their hobby like a comic book nerd.
So you’re interested in using the Netflix Instant service. For the best experience, you’ll need to ensure that your Internet connection is fast enough to support streaming high quality video without a hiccup. So how fast does your Internet connection need to be? Well, it depends on how you intend to use the service.
Netflix requires a connection that is capable of at least 0.5 Megabits per second. That is the bare minimum though, and the video quality my not be all that great with that slow of a connection.
A 1.5 Mbps connection is recommended to stream standard, non-HD video. If you want to view HD quality video though, the recommendations are as follows:
- 3.0 Mbps for DVD quality
- 5.0 Mbps for HD
- 7.0 Mbps for Super HD
- 12 Mbps for 3D
You can change the quality of your Netflix Instant video to accommodate your connection by visiting the video quality settings page on Netflix.
The recommendations above don’t account for your environment. Your networking equipment may slow things down a bit. So if you plan on streaming Netflix to a bedroom in a corner of your home that is far away from your wireless router, you may not get the performance you expect. Test out your connection by visiting SpeedTest.net to ensure you have a connection that is speedy enough for your needs.
If you want the capability of streaming video on multiple devices in your home, judging what kind of connection becomes even more complex. There are too many variables to say for sure what will work. For an example though, I will tell you that my Internet provider serves a 50Mbps option, and that’s what I need to confidently stream HD video from 3 devices in my home.
Well, hopefully you now know everything you need to know about how fast of an Internet connection you need for your Netflix Instant needs. Feel free to share your experience in the comments section below.
If you live in the United States and plan on using Netflix, Hulu or Pandora while traveling abroad, you may be shocked to find that your entertainment options will be entirely different. If Netflix detects you are using an Internet connection from Canada, the United Kingdom or any other country, it will change your selection of movies and shows.
If you don’t want to miss out on your American favorites while holed up in a hotel, you may want to try the Media Hint plugin for Firefox and Google Chrome. Just download and install the plugin and you’re done. There’s absolutely zero configuration needed. The plugin will automatically redirect your Internet connection through proxy servers within the United States once it’s installed in your web browser. Then you can enjoy all the American Netflix Instant content you like from almost anywhere in the world.
Watching Netflix Instant can quickly use up your monthly Internet bandwidth allocation. Fortunately, Netflix provides customers the ability to adjust the video quality so that you don’t exceed your limit. You can visit the Manage Video Quality page by selecting “Your Account”, then “Manage Video Quality”. From there, you can make the selection that works best for your Internet plan.
- Good quality (up to 0.3 GB per hour)
- Better quality (up to 0.7 GB per hour)
- Best quality (up to 1 GB per hour, or up to 2.3 GB per hour for HD)
The “Best quality” setting is the only setting that is capable of providing video in HD. It’s the recommended setting if your Internet plan allows unlimited bandwidth and you have a fast connection. Though you may want to go with a lower setting if you’re worried about hogging of the bandwidth from other devices in your home. You don’t want the kids getting angry at you for watching “Bridezillas” while they are trying to stream YouTube videos.
Jim Carrey stars in “Man on the Moon“, a movie about the life of Andy Kaufman. This movie is one I’ve always wanted to see, but just never got around to seeing. The reason is that I’m sure this movie is sad based on what I already know about Andy Kaufman’s life. Let me just tell you that this is not exactly the feelgood movie of 1999. Maybe the sad story is why it has such low ratings on Netflix Instant (2.5 at the time of this writing). People watch it expecting the typical, wacky Jim Carrey movie and they get slapped with a dose of real life.
Even though it’s depressing, give “Man on the Moon” a watch on Netflix Instant starting April 1, 2013.