internet bufferingIf you are using and IPTV service and noticing a lot more buffering than in the past you are not alone.  Over just the past week there has been a significant increase in the amount of users that have been experiencing buffering as there Internet Service Provider has been slowing there speed during live IPTV streams.

Many subscribers of Gears TV, Nitro TV, Players Klub and others have found there service being throttled over the past few days.

Cox Communications and Spectrum have both been confirmed to throttle users over the past week and with the test of IPVanish VPN in all instances, their issues disappeared.

What Is Throttling?

Your ISP can actually slow down your internet connection when streaming or using the internet from protocols that it decides not allowing your to get the full benefit of our service.

You may not have any problems with services such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO and other major providers.

Users may also find that on demand content from popular Kodi add-ons such as Zen and Specto as well has no problem streaming as Video On Demand is not throttled as significantly as live streaming.

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Classic Signs Of Being Throttled

  • Your show may start and then stop or appear to stream in slow motion.
  • You may have video and no audio.
  • After only a few minutes or at times seconds, you may be kicked out of the show.
  • More significant in the evening.  Not always, but some providers that are throttling will do so more in the evening and prime time hours.

Restrictions Based On Your Activity

Your internet provider can see the type of content in which you are viewing when being accessed on their service.  This could include things such as watching a video, listening to music, visiting your favorite blog, or simply checking your Facebook messages.

Since they are able to determine what it is you are currently using the service for, they can limit the amount of bandwidth allowed for that particular site or type of content.

Mobile Internet Services Can Also Be Restricted

A perfect example of this would be Verizon’s various mobile plans that were launched in 2017 restricting speeds for streaming video to only 480P standard definition.  Of course for an added monthly fee or “upgrade”, they would allow your video to stream in 720p.  More details on this story can be found by »»» clicking here.

A VPN Stops Throttling And Illuminates Restrictions

When you are using a VPN that is easily installed on your device, it creates a tunnel around all your internet activities and habits you are performing.  This tunnel is encrypted and makes it impossible for anyone to identify what you are viewing when online.

Your location is also masked to an alternate location not allowing your position to be known where you are using the internet services.

If you want to prevent throttling and add an extra layer of privacy at the same time, check these VPN services out…

  • stop isp throttlingI recommend two different VPN services, both which will illuminate throttling.  The first and my top choice is IPVanish VPN which will stop the throttling and also allow you to install the VPN software on up to 5 devices at once to prevent throttling on all your devices at the same time.
    • IPVanish is also one of the few VPN services that have an app available in the Fire TV Amazon App store.  This is a great choice for Fire TV device users.
  • My second pick would be Private Internet Access (PIA).  If you are on a tight budget, but still would like to protect your privacy and reduce throttling this is a great option as well.
    • PIA does not have servers in as many countries as IPVanish VPN and does not have an app available in the Fire TV Amazon App store.  If these features are not important to you I would definitively give them a try.  See my article comparing the two services by »»» clicking here.

Over the next few weeks, months and years these issues are likely only going to increase and a VPN is going to be necessary to stream IPTV and other services on the internet.