When BT Sport keeps buffering while you are trying to enjoy a sports broadcast, it impedes your enjoyment of streaming content.
You can increase your ability to reduce buffering in several ways when viewing BT Sport.
Here are some tips on how to make stop BT Sport Buffering:
Why Does BT Sport Keep Buffering?
The reason why BT Sport keeps buffering is usually due to a mixture of an insufficient internet connection alongside an improper software configuration.
How to stop BT Sport Buffering
Method 1: Restart your Streaming Device
To access BT Sport, you will use a streaming device to access the app.
The most common streaming devices for BT Sport are:
- Smart TVs
- Streaming Stick such as Apple TV, Firestick, or Roku
- Games Consoles such as PlayStation and XBOX
- A PC or MacBook Laptop
The universal recommendation for these devices and the first step in eliminating BT Sport buffering issues is to perform a power cycle of these systems.
To perform a power cycle of the devices, unplug them for 60 seconds before plugging them back in.
This restart allows any updates downloaded in the background to install and start successfully and clears the system cache.
Clearing the system cache and any lingering apps running in RAM can help reduce BT Sport’s buffering.
Reducing the number of apps running in the background gives the BT Sport stream the best opportunity to perform optimally.
Method 2: Reset your Router
I find that resetting my router helps with BT sport buffering on Smart TV issues in my home.
How do I reset my router?
The easiest way to reset your router is to unplug it from the wall socket for 30 seconds before plugging it back in.
This action will “power-cycle” your router and provide more bandwidth to increase your ability to stream content faster on BT Sport.
Why does resetting your router reduce BT Sport Buffering?
Think of all the devices that are and have been connected to the router. I’m sure that in today’s digital world, quite a few devices are connected to the router.
Your router is like a mini-PC and will slow down as more tasks are added.
Having all those devices connected will reduce the bandwidth available to the BT Sport app and subsequently throttle your download speed, creating buffering.
Method 3: Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet
If you cannot reset your router for any reason, I would try and disconnect none essential devices from the internet.
Is someone in your home watching Netflix? What about your phone? Is someone downloading games or apps on XBOX?
Every device you can disconnect from your internet connection will help stop BT Sport buffering issues.
Method 4: Close any apps that are running
If you had followed our first step of restarting your streaming device, this step would have been completed.
Otherwise, please continue to close any running apps.
How does having open apps cause BT Sport to buffer?
Imagine your internet connection to your BT Sport application like an artery in your body.
The more games and apps running are like blockages in your arteries. Sorry for the weird analogy!
Those blockages impede your ability to stream content faster, resulting in buffering when watching the BT Sport app.
Several users have reported increased performance when closing apps on LG TVs.
Method 5: Decrease Video Quality
Check in the BT Sport options when watching content if there is a toggle for video quality.
The higher the quality of content you stream, the more likely buffering will occur.
Try to decrease the video quality, especially if the rate is set to 4K.
When BT Sport keeps buffering, I found success in lowering the stream quality from 4k to 1080p.
Method 6: Update your streaming device software/firmware before downloading
Whether you are using a TV, Streaming Stick, or Games console, updating your firmware or software to the latest version can help prevent issues from arising over time.
Sometimes updates can be missed, or an installation can be interrupted and cause issues with your streaming device.
Old firmware or a partial firmware installation could cause BT Sport to buffer.
Ensuring you have the latest software on your devices gives you access to new apps and an improved viewing experience.
Method 7: Use an Ethernet cable rather than Wi-Fi
It is almost always true that you will get a better download speed when you use an Ethernet (Wired Connection) rather than Wi-Fi.
Wired connections transmit data quicker and with less interference.
Fewer variables can hinder the quality of the connection.
Wi-Fi connections are slower and generally have a slower response time.
The distance from your streaming device and the walls, floor, and ceilings can all deteriorate the quality of your internet connection, causing BT Sport buffering issues.
I always use a wired connection when available, and you should too!
Method 8: Upgrade your Internet Connection
Not everyone has access to high download speed through their ISP (Internet Service Provider), but for those that do, consider upgrading your internet connection.
It is pretty straightforward that a 100mbps connection will have a slower download rate than a 1gbps connection.
Method 9: Disable any Ad blockers or VPNs
VPNs and Ad blockers can negatively affect the streaming performance of BT Sport.
Your connection to a VPN will always limit the speed at which you can stream content.
Method 10: Upgrade your Router
This option will not apply to everyone, but for some, the router could be the bottleneck in their home network, causing their BT Sport buffering problems.
If you have consistently upgraded your internet speed through your ISP but are still using an older router, you may wish to check your router’s maximum download speed.
It’s all good having a 1gbps connection, but if your router can only download at 100mbps, you’ve got a massive bottleneck and a solid explanation for why BT Sport is buffering.
Method 11: Contact BT Sport Support
If you have tried all the tips above and nothing has worked, you can contact BT Sport support for further assistance.
If you have followed the guide, you would have successfully reduced BT Sport’s buffering on your streaming device.
We hope that you enjoy buffer-free streaming.