To start, what is an android tv box?
An android tv box is a mini computer that connects to streams available on the internet and allows them to be displayed on your tv.
There are basically two things you need for good streaming with no buffering. A fast internet download speed on your end and a fast internet upload speed on the third party sender’s end.
Download Speed on Your End
First and most importantly, what download speed is your tv box getting right now? It’s important to check download speed directly on the box itself as a number of factors such as distance to the modem, number of people in your house also using internet, etc can affect the download speed your tv box is getting. Testing on your phone or computer won’t tell you anything about the speed on your tv box, which is where it matters!
Your internet speed can fluctuate, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, so this is a good one to see if that is the issue.
Go to either Chrome or the Browser on your tv box and type in www.fast.com. www.fast.com will give you a number. That’s your download speed. You want to see a consistent minimum of 25 Mbps or higher for good streaming. If you have less than 25 Mbps, we strongly recommend you sign up for a Real Debrid account, read the third solution below for more info on Real Debrid.
Upload Speed on the Third Party Sender’s End
You can’t control the upload speed on the sender’s end, neither can we. Free streaming content providers are all third party. What streaming does is uses add-ons and apps to connect to links available over the internet from third party servers. If you have chosen a slow or poor quality server, you’ll have buffering.
1. If you don’t have the latest Kodi build and the latest apps, you’re connecting to old, out of date links. If you haven’t updated your build recently, do this first. You can follow the how to update instructions found under Tutorials.
2. If you start a show and it’s buffering, exit out and try the next link. Some links are good, some aren’t.
To note: Cyberflix has labeled faster links RAPIDVIDEO. If you see a link with this in the title, choose it. Not all shows will have a RapidVideo link. Also notice that the links are listed in order of their file size. You can see that when you look at the number at the end of the link. A bigger file will require a faster upload speed on the provider’s end and a faster download speed on your end. Therefore, it’s more likely that you will experience buffering with a bigger file. Choose a smaller file.
3. Free has its limitations. We are at the mercy of third-party providers pushing streams to us. Some will be fast, some won’t.
Real Debrid is a paid service that gives you access to better, faster links.
We use Real Debrid even with Shaw 150. Why? Ease of use and we are able to stream links with 1080p and 5.1 surround sound with no issues.
It’s a great value at 16 euros for a 6 month subscription, or about $25 CAD for 6 months use.
Here is a video that explains Real Debrid and how to sign up for it. https://youtu.be/Sxyyw-bG_6E
Their website is www.real-debrid.com
4. IPTV. IPTV is rebroadcasted cable with live channels you can flip through. It’s got all the sports, live tv and news channels and foreign content you could possibly want.
Here’s a video about Vader Streams, an IPTV service we have used and liked, https://youtu.be/C84mnrp08KY
Their website is www.vader-streams.com.
Their packages are $15 for one month of use, $40 for 3 months use, $70 for 6 months use and $110 for a full year.
We are not affiliated with Vader Streams or any of their related services, you will need to contact them directly for more info.