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Me­dia stream­ing is­sues can be traced to poor network per­for­mance, of­ten linked to a weak Wi-Fi sig­nal. If your Ap­ple TV is lo­cated in a dif­fer­ent room to your router, that’s likely to be the prob­lem. If the de­vice is con­nect­ing us­ing the 5GHz band, try switch­ing it to the 2.4GHz band, which per­forms bet­ter at longer ranges. Fail­ing that, ei­ther add a range ex­ten­der to boost the sig­nal to where your Ap­ple TV is sited or in­vest in pow­er­line adap­tors, which al­low you to con­nect your de­vices to your network us­ing Eth­er­net cable, car­ry­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween rooms us­ing your elec­tri­cal cir­cuit. Wired con­nec­tions are typ­i­cally faster and more sta­ble than wire­less ones.

If your router is nearby and you’re con­vinced the sig­nal should be strong enough, there may be con­ges­tion from other Wi-Fi net­works — re­fer to the tip on the left to change the chan­nel and fix this.

Your in­ter­net con­nec­tion’s speed will also af­fect stream­ing from out­side your lo­cal network. 4K video re­quires a lot of band­width — Ap­ple rec­om­mends 25Mbps; with too lit­tle, Ap­ple TV may stream at a lower qual­ity. How­ever, we’ve found that you can force it to use 4K by turn­ing off Quick Start in Set­tings > Apps > iTunes Movies and TV Shows.

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