Manually Adjust Buffer Rate in Netflix

Although Netflix does an excellent job at adjusting the amount of buffering, you can manually adjust the buffering rate to cause Netflix to buffer more or less before displaying the video.

By increasing the buffer rate, you can force Netflix to download much more video to your computer prior to showing the video. You will have smoother, high quality video but you will have a long wait before the video starts to play.

By decreasing the buffer rate, you risk chopper, less quality video. The video, however, will play much quicker

1. Start a video on Instant Play
2. Click the video
3. Press Shift+Control+alt+S together.
4. Select Manual Selection and the Buffering Rate from the menu that appears.
5. Click the Apply button.

Additionally, Shift+Control+alt+M pulls up a menu with additional options such as logging, audio/video sync, and additional player information. We have covered a listing of Netflix shortcuts and options previously.


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5 Responses to “Manually Adjust Buffer Rate in Netflix”

  1. March 21, 2012 at 3:52 am, Mark said:

    How does one do this on other platforms, such as Mac, iPad, or AppleTV?


  2. March 21, 2012 at 11:53 am, said:

    Buffering is the chubby mean friend at the bar preventing you from getting a phone number. Anything to help reduce its effects, is A-OK in my book.


  3. March 22, 2012 at 4:52 am, David Kirk said:

    @guy – You can adjust buffering on both os x and windows with the same steps. I haven’t found a way to adjust on the iPad or ATV yet.


    • November 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm, Larry said:

      >These does not do anything on a mac


  4. March 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm, amansy said:

    I believe the buffering rate does not increase or decrease the amount of buffered video, it only changes which video bitrate (video profile) the player is buffering


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