Date: Apr 30, 2020
Get the Most From Your Streaming Service
Right now, everyone is streaming a lot of video content, and there are quite a few platforms to choose from for streaming the content that’s helping get you through this uncertain time. In rural areas, you might notice it’s taking a toll on the internet speed in your household. We’ll give you some tips on how you can improve your experience when you watch video content and an overview of what’s notable on some of the major streaming service platforms.
Tips to Improve Your Streaming Experience
Make Sure Your Speed is Up to Par
To give you the most seamless streaming experience possible, you should have a download speed of at least 25 Mbps. This ensures that your content will not be interrupted by buffering or be impacted by other internet usage in your household. All of MCSnet’s rural internet service plans offer up to a 30 Mbps speed (dependent on radio signal). You can test your internet speed here.
Consider the Location of Your Router
Is your router in the basement and you’re on the top floor? In a cupboard or drawer? Is it surrounded by other electronics and furniture? This might be impacting its performance. Consider changing the location of your router as a first step to improving your streaming speed.
Lower the Load
Try to limit the number of devices connected to your WiFi. This will reduce the load on your router and increase your speed. You can also try clearing your browser cache, as this sometimes helps improve downloading speed.
Use a Lower Resolution
Many streaming services have resolution options on their platforms. You can select to lower it so the video does not require so much bandwidth. It should help improve your speed and prevent buffering as you stream video content.
Streaming Services in Canada
Notable content on Netflix:
- Tiger King
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Stranger Things
- How to Get Away With Murder
- Better Call Saul
- Schitt’s Creek
Notable content on Crave:
- It: Chapter Two
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
- Killing Eve
- RuPaul’s Drag Race
- The Big Bang Theory
- Game of Thrones
Notable content on Amazon Prime:
- Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Dr. Who
- The Good Wife
- Mr. Robot
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- American Horror Story
Notable content on Disney+:
- Nearly the entire Disney library of animated movies
- The Star Wars franchise
- The Marvel studio movies
CBC Gem & the CTV App
Television networks CBC and CTV have their own apps to stream shows and movies too. These are both free options. You’ll have to deal with commercials, but surprisingly these apps carry a few of the shows that the paid platforms have!
MCSnet hopes you stay safe and healthy at this time, and that you can enjoy all the content you want to stream with our rural internet service!