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.

Troubleshooting Your Buffering Issue

Try the following steps to resolve the issue:

Step 1: Change Channels

Try changing the channel to see if the issue persists. 

  • If the issue only occurs on the original channel, open a case with a member of our support team, then try the channel again later
  • If the issue is occurring on multiple or all of your channels, continue on to the next step

Step 2: Try A Different Network

Your network connection may be the reason you're not seeing any content. Try connecting to a different service provider, such as a different WiFi network or mobile data connection (if available). 

Is everything working properly using a different network? Try resetting your router, or contact your internet service provider to resolve connection issues.

If you're testing a mobile data provider, this will count toward your data usage.

Step 3: Switch To A Wired Connection

For the best streaming experience while using SLING TV, you'll need a strong WiFi network and stable internet connection. While we love using WiFi, the best way to make sure you have a great connection is to connect your device directly to your router.

Not all devices can be hard-wired to a router, so if this is the case with your device, or this didn't improve performance, try the next step.

Step 4: Update Your App

Make sure the SLING TV app is up-to-date. Missing important software updates can sometimes impact device and app performance.

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Step 5: Check Your Connection

Make sure your WiFi connection is strong, or that your ethernet cable is properly plugged in.

  • If you're connected properly, it's possible the SLING TV app is not receiving the necessary connection speed to view video. Check your connection speed, and make sure you don't have a bandwidth limit set
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Step 6: Restart Your Device

Try fully closing - or force closing - the SLING TV app on your device, and then relaunching to see if this can resolve the issue.

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Step 7: Try A Different Device

Try using the SLING TV app on a different device so you can continue watching right away.

  • If the SLING app works on another device, contact your device manufacturer for additional help
  • If the SLING app does not work on another device, there may be an issue related to your account. Please contact us so we can look further in to the issue.