There’s no doubt that watching your favourite TV shows and movies via the internet is extremely convenient. That’s probably why more Australians than ever are subscribing to SVOD services
. The only issue? You need a broadband connection fast enough to support your streaming habits.
Foxtel Now proves itself to be a major upgrade over its predecessor, Foxtel Play. Besides its cheap pricing and improved device compatibility, Foxtel Now finally introduced HD streaming into the mix. Which means subscribers can now watch their favourite titles in style, whether they’re streaming on their laptops or on the big screen using Chromecast or Telstra TV.
However, HD streaming requires a faster internet speed. If your broadband provider is not up to the challenge, you might end up experiencing buffering issues. And we all know how frustrating that gets.
Why internet speed is important when watching Foxtel Now
Buffering issues can occur when you have a slow internet connection or the picture quality settings may be too high. The internet speed refers to how much data the streaming of TV and movie files can be sent from its source to your player. A slow connection will cause delays in the delivery of the movie’s audio and video information. Hence, you will see the loading screen more often than you’d like.
Now, the minimum speed required to watch Foxtel Now is 3.0Mbps for Standard Definition and 7.0Mbps for High Definition. To check if your internet connection is up to the task, open Foxtel Now and go to Settings. Then, select Speed Test. If the speed is below 3Mbps, you may need to contact your internet service provider and ask for an upgrade, or compare broadband plans to find a new provider better suited for your needs.
Alternatively, you can also check the picture quality settings. In Settings, got to Data Usage and select Auto or Low. The quality may not be great, but at least you won’t be bothered by pesky interruptions. Fingers crossed.
Quick fixes for Foxtel Now buffering issues
If your internet speed is fine but you’re still experiencing buffering issues, the problem may have something to do with your router. Reboot both your modem and the device you’re watching on to see if your streaming experience gets better. To reboot the router, simply remove the power cable from the back of the modem, wait 5 seconds, and reinsert it.
Also, you can use an Ethernet cable to connect your laptop directly to the modem. Your internet will run faster this way. We also recommend closing other apps that may drain your data when streaming via Foxtel Now. That should reduce buffering to a minimum.
Now that buffering issues are out of the way, you’re free to experience everything Foxtel Now has to offer. Even better: you can do it completely free for two weeks.