Peacock Streaming Issues (Try this first!)

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Peacock streaming issues can occur over time and can be very frustrating when they interrupt your streaming.

In this article, we uncover the causes of Peacock streaming issues and the steps to take to fix them.

What causes Peacock streaming issues?

The cause of Peacock streaming issues is often an inefficient internet connection or software issue.

When you have a faulty internet connection, it can cause peacock to keep freezing, pausing, or skipping when viewing content.

Alternatively, some software problems can also cause Peacock streaming issues.

Here are some tips on how to make stop Peacock streaming issues:

How to stop Peacock Streaming issues

Method 1: Check that the Peacock servers are operational

When Peacock keeps buffering or streaming issues occur, the vast majority of the issues will usually be with your network or playback device.

Before you go into the other fixes that are listed below, it is worthwhile checking that there are no issues or outages with the Peacock platform.

Check the Peacock network for issues

Method 2. Restart your Streaming Device

You’ll more than likely be using a streaming device to access the Peacock app.

The streaming device that you are using could be the cause of the streaming issues on Peacock.

The most common streaming devices for Peacock are:

  • Smart TVs
  • Streaming Stick such as Apple TV, Firestick, or Roku
  • Games Consoles such as PlayStation and XBOX
  • A PC or MacBook Laptop

We recommend that you perform a power cycle of your streaming device to try and resolve the Peacock streaming issues.

Simply unplug the device for 60 seconds, then plug them back in, to perform a power cycle.

This restart clears the system cache and enables any updates that have been downloaded in the background to be installed and started.

Clearing the system cache and any lingering apps running in RAM can help in reducing streaming issues on Peacock.

By reducing the number of apps running in the background, you can reduce Peacock streaming issues.

Method 3. Reset your Router

Restarting your router is one of the most effective ways in which can stop Peacock streaming issues.

How do I reset my router?

Simply unplugging your router from the wall socket for 30 seconds and then plugging it back in is the simplest way to reset it.

Unplug your router stop Peacock streaming issues

This action will “power-cycle” your router and provide more bandwidth to increase your ability to stream content faster on Peacock.

Why does resetting your router reduce streaming issues?

Consider all the things that have been and are currently connected to the router. In today’s digital age, the router probably has a significant number of devices connected to it.

Your router is like a mini-PC and will slow down as more tasks are added.

The Peacock app’s bandwidth will be reduced by having all of those devices connected, which will subsequently decrease your download speed and cause streaming issues.

Method 4. Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet

I would try to disconnect any none essential devices from the internet if you are unable to reset your router for whatever reason.

Is someone in your home watching Netflix? What about your phone? Is someone downloading on XBOX?

Every device that you can disconnect from your internet connection will help in preventing Peacock streaming issues.

Method 5. Close any apps that are running

If you followed our first step, restarting your streaming device, this step would have already been completed for you. If not, keep closing any open apps.

How does having open apps cause Peacock streaming issues?

The more apps, the more usage of your internet and system resources which in turn can cause streaming issues with Peacock.

Taxing system resources impede your ability to stream content faster, and then that results in buffering occurring when watching the Peacock app.

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 in preventing 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 Peacock streaming issues.

Ensuring that you have the latest software on your devices also gives you access to new apps and an improved viewing experience.

Method 7. Use an Ethernet cable rather than a Wi-Fi

It is almost always true that when you use an Ethernet (Wired Connection) rather than Wi-Fi, you will get a better download speed.

Wired connections transmit data quicker and with less interference. There are also fewer variables that can hinder the quality of connection.

Wi-Fi connections are slower and generally have a slower response time.

The distance from your streaming device along with the walls, floor, and ceilings can all deteriorate the quality of your internet connection, causing Peacock buffering issues.

I always use a wired connection when it is 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 Peacock.

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 gamers, the router could be the bottleneck in their home network, causing their Peacock streaming problems.

If you have consistently upgraded your internet speed through your ISP but are still using an older router, you may wish to check what the maximum download speed of your router is.

It’s all good having a 1gbps connection, but if your router can only download at 100mbps, then you’ve got yourself a massive bottleneck and a solid explanation as to why Peacock is buffering.

Method 11. Contact Peacock Support

If you have tried all the tips above and nothing has worked, then you can contact Peacock support for further assistance.


Following these instructions would have enabled you to decrease Peacock’s streaming issue on your playback device.

We hope that you enjoy buffer-free streaming.