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Tweak Hidden Settings in Netflix for Smoother Streaming

It’s your day off, and you’re ready to binge out watching an original Netflix series like House of Cards on Netflix (or any video) on a computer, and you end up having to deal with video buffering and streaming hiccups. Quite annoying. There could be any variety of issues that are causing this. Like your bandwidth speed, if you’re connected via WiFi or Ethernet, amount of traffic on your network etc. But if you’re having issues and nothing obvious is the cause of the skips ad pauses, you can try out the hidden diagnostics inside Netflix.

Hidden Netflix Streaming Settings

While you’re watching Netflix on your PC, hit Shift + Alt on your keyboard and left click your mouse on the screen. That opens a diagnostics window which contains several playback options and settings you can tweak.

Note: On a Mac hit Shift + Option and left click the mouse to get the same thing.

Netflix Hidden DIagnostics

For streaming issues, open the Stream Manager and select Manual Selection and set the buffering rate that works best for your situation.

Stream Manager

There’s other settings in this menu that you can tweak too. For instance if the audio isn’t syncing up correctly you can set A/V Sync Compensation, get Player Info, and more.

AV Stats

Getting A/V stats can help you determine what’s going on behind the scenes so you can make the appropriate adjustments in the A/V Sync settings.

AV Sync

You can access most Diagnostics windows in Netflix with pure keyboard Kung-Fu too — no mouse click required. Here’s a list of the shortcuts for menu items:

  • Stream Manager: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + S
  • Player Info: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + P
  • A/V Stats: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + D
  • Logging: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + L
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3 Responses to Tweak Hidden Settings in Netflix for Smoother Streaming

  1. Clint August 7, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Thanks Brian, I’m always up for any kind of tweaking that will, in my eyes, add horsepower to my computers performance no matter how big or little of them upgraded is.

    • Brian Burgess August 7, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks Clint! I am the same way. Hope this helps you out.

  2. Devin October 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    how do I do this on a chromebook- a screen pops up but it looks different than the stream manager

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