A lot of our readers have been asking if we had any solution to the Terrarium TV buffering issues. It seems the buffering instances have become more regular than before. In fact, I have also started experiencing these issues lately. There is no denying that Terrarium TV is one of the best Amazon Fire Stick apps to watch on-demand movies and TV shows. It has just about every title you could ask for. But, it is also true that sometimes you will run into these buffering problems. If you are currently facing buffering on Terrarium TV app, keep reading.
How to Fix Buffering Issues on Terrarium TV
There is no one fix that takes care of Terrarium TV issues. However, after several trials and errors, I was able to mitigate buffering and make my experience with the app more enjoyable. In this article, I share with you the various ways that worked for me. I am confident they will work for you too.
Note: If you are a new user and do not have Terrarium TV yet, check this link – How to install Terrarium TV on FireStick
Check Your Internet Connection Speed
Online streaming these days requires at least 5 Mbps internet speed, but for full HD streaming at least 10mpbs and for 4K streaming, a minimum 20mbps is recommended. The good news is that most mobile and broadband internet service providers offer internet speed higher than that. In fact, some providers offer speed as high as 100mbps even for residential connections. At such a high speed, you may think you should never experience Terrarium TV buffering issues. But, sadly, that’s not always the case.
If you are running into Terrarium TV buffering problems only rarely, there is a chance your internet is experiencing some intermittent issues from your provider’s end. In such cases, the problem is usually taken care of at the backend and is short living.
I would recommend you to check your internet connection speed to determine if you have the minimum bandwidth. There are plenty of apps and websites that let you test the speed for free. Ookla is the most popular internet speed testing service. You can download Ookla app on your Android or iOS device or visit their website http://www.speedtest.net/ to test the speed.
If the test results are showing consistently low speed, there could be a problem with the internet connection. You may need to upgrade your plan or your router. In any case, contact your ISP and find the solution.
Stream from Terrarium TV Recommended Servers
Terrarium TV fetches the streaming links from dozens of servers stationed worldwide. But, there are some servers this app itself recommends. See the image below for the list of the recommended servers.
I have personally experienced that these servers are faster and I barely experience any Terrarium TV buffering issues.
The pop-up in the image will appear every time you click on the title. You can check ‘Don’t show again’ option on the bottom so that it doesn’t appear the next time. Before I checked this option, I made a note of all the recommended servers because I knew I won’t be able to remember all of them. So, I suggest you do the same.
Terrarium TV Server Issues
If your internet speed is not a problem and you are still facing Terrarium TV issues then it seems there could be a problem with the server where the content is hosted.
As you may know, Terrarium TV does not host any content of its own. This app is an aggregator that fetches multiple links to a particular content from various servers. When you open a link, your device starts attempting to stream the content from the server the link is pointing to.
Terrarium TV tries to bring the best working links. But, sometimes it ends up showing the bad links as well. A bad link could be for the server experiencing downtime or slowdown. As a result, you encounter Terrarium TV buffering problems.
When there is a problem with the server, there isn’t a lot you can do to fix the buffering. However, what you can do is open another link to another server and there is a fair chance you will have taken care of the problem.
I have noticed that the Terrarium TV problems usually come up when I am trying to stream a full HD content. And, it has nothing to do with my internet speed or the capability of my device to stream online HD movies or shows; the problem is with the server which is incapable of handling multiple streaming requests.
Use the Right Media Player with Terrarium TV
Terrarium TV does not have a media player of its own. You must have noticed that when you run Terrarium TV, it asks you to install a preferred media player for better streaming performance. In fact, the app even says that without the preferred player, you may experience buffering issues.
When I first started using Terrarium TV, I would ignore the pop-ups asking me to get a different media player. I thought it wouldn’t be necessary. But, then I started noticing that Terrarium TV is not working properly and I am running into buffering issues regularly. That’s when I decided to install the media player of Terrarium TV’s picking. And, even though I was proven wrong, I would admit that there was a noticeable difference in the performance. A lot of links that buffered before ran smoothly after installing the new player.
While Terrarium TV is compatible with several media players including VLC and MX Player, it may still ask you to install a different player. In fact, the latest version of Terrarium TV does not stream any links if you do not have the YesPlayer (see the image below).
So, install YesPlayer and you may be able to take care of the Terrarium TV buffering problems. This media player is available on Play Store as well as Amazon Store.
Use A VPN and Avoid Internet Throttling
Do you know that a lot of internet users in the United States become the victim of internet throttling and they are never even aware of it? Internet throttling is a practice common among the Internet Service Providers (ISP).
If online streaming consumes the biggest part of your online activity, your ISP may cut down the internet speed to less than what’s offered with your internet plan. I am not saying that this practice is unlawful. But, I feel that it is unethical. Usually, the ISPs have a clause in their Terms & Conditions that states that the amount of data usage due to online streaming increasing below a certain value may result in the cutting down of the speed.
Sadly, we often miss those fine prints. And, even if I did read the clause, I would still want to enjoy internet to its full potential. Thankfully, there is a way to prevent internet throttling. Start using a VPN service and it will mask all your internet activities. This way, your ISP would never know whether you are watching a movie online or downloading data files.
I have been using ExpressVPN for a while and recommend the same to you. It is fast, reliable and Terrarium TV friendly.
Clear the Terrarium TV App Data
There is one more Terrarium TV troubleshooting you could try to avoid the buffering issues. You could clear the Terrarium TV data and restore it to the default settings. It would be as if you are using Terrarium TV for the first time.
Of course, clearing data means losing all your personal settings. But, there are barely any Terrarium TV settings that need to be retained. Just make a note of all the changes you have made and apply those changes later.
While we are at it, I also recommend clearing the Terrarium TV cache while deleting the data. An app with cache removed could start working wonders.
If you are using Terrarium TV on Android, open Settings and go to Apps option (the path may vary slightly across devices). Select Terrarium TV and tap the buttons to clear the data and cache.
If you are using Terrarium TV on FireStick, here is how to clear the data and cache:
#1. Select Settings (on the top bar) from the home screen
#2. Click ‘Applications’
#3. Scroll down and open ‘Manage Installed Applications’
#4. Scroll down all the way and click ‘Terrarium TV’. As you can see in the image below, Data size is 40.82 MB and Cache is 110 MB
#5. Now click ‘Clear data’ (underneath this is the ‘Clear cache’ option. But, you don’t need to use it as clearing the data will also clear the cache as shown in the images below)
#6. Click ‘Clear data’ again on the next screen
#7. Now, press the back button one time to return to the previous screen. As you can see in the image below, the Data and Cache have been deleted
I hope this article helped you take care of the Terrarium TV buffering issues. Even though Terrarium TV is an incredibly popular app for on-demand content, the servers it fetches the streams from may not always be great. So, if you are facing the buffering problems, server problem is more likely than any local issue with your internet connection or your device. For me, picking another stream usually works. After all, that’s the beauty of Terrarium TV – bringing multiple links at one place. If you are facing similar issues on Kodi too, don’t forget to check out possible fixes for Kodi buffering.
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