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Streaming movies from iTunes to Apple TV should be a pleasant experience if you have a decent internet connection. But often Apple TV takes forever to load movies from iTunes. When buffering and long load times get in the way, the experience becomes frustrating.
Apple TV streaming issues can have various root causes. In this post, I’ll walk you through the most common streaming problems and tech you steps on how to fix them. If you are having issues with screen mirroring via AirPlay, check out this article.
Apple TV Buffering Problems
I have dealt with video streaming issues on Apple TV for the past few years. The cause of most of those problems was one of the following:
- Slow internet speed or connection
- Bad Wi-Fi coverage or crappy networking equipment
- Issues related to Apple’s streaming backend (iTunes Store)
Apple TV Connected to Wrong Base Station
If you have hooked up your Apple TV to the Internet via your Wi-Fi network and if you have multiple base stations in your home, make sure you connect the Apple TV to the nearest base station.
As I have explained in my post about roaming between base stations, every time you reboot a base station that is closest to the Apple TV, it will try to connect to another base station in range. Once the original base station comes back online, your device will likely stay connected to that base station with the weaker signal strength.