You may see a buffering wheel for a few seconds when starting a stream, however, if this wheel is continuous or appears in the middle of a stream, you may be experiencing a drop in the internet bandwidth available to your device. This drop usually occurs when several connected devices – such as phones, laptops, games consoles, or tablets – use the same internet connection. Every device on your home network shares a portion of your available bandwidth, which means that with each connected device, less bandwidth is available for the remaining devices to perform online tasks. When trying to watch TV, this limited bandwidth can impact streaming quality.
Note: If you're currently experiencing this issue on an Apple TV after leaving the app running in the background, this issue can be resolved by completely closing and relaunching the app.
To force close the app on your Apple TV:
- Press the Home button twice
- Swipe UP when you see the Sling TV app