Apple TV stuttering on AirPlay video

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by SilentLoner, May 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007

    My apple tv seems to have the video stutter when airplaying sometimes. The video is playing fine and smooth on my macbook pro but when it comes to the tv its stuttering like hell.

    Anyone else get this?
  2. macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    everyone who uses it.

    hardwiring your network can help, but even then it won't be as good as a direct video connection like HDMI.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    have you tried the old factory reset?

    Also try running an ethernet cable as a test to see if it is ok. if it is then it is likely to be the wifi is not strong enough.
  4. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Already discussed ad-Nauseum.

    Short answer: Needs WIFI optimization.
  5. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Even though the router is not like 3 foot away from it and the MacBook is around 5.5 ft away
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2005
    Yes. Wifi is terrible to send a live video stream with minimal delay. Also it does not stream all 60FPS that your computer is producing, only 30. Plus it will drop frames if bandwidth is poor. A direct HDMI connection is what you want for best visual quality.
  7. macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2012
    Presumably 802.11ac equipment will help this? I will be starting my own Apple TV setup soon, but I'm thinking of waiting for a 802.11ac equipment.
  8. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    It won't. Even with the best possible setup the IQ will be vastly inferior - for example, the true resolution will be 720p only instead of 1080p, the maximal framerate will be 30p and not 60p etc.

    If you're trying to play back, say, MKV's, remux them to iOS-native files so that the ATV can directly play them back, instead of having to rely on the inherently inferior screen mirroring.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2008
    Yes. It drives me nuts.
  10. Mrbobb, May 26, 2013
    Last edited: May 26, 2013

    macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Distance is not the ONLY consideration. WIFI is radio. Is subjected to all kind of interferences and what your neibours are doing.

    Am running OK on 802.11G *only* but my router is 4 feet away and is hand optimized using the less noisy channel and my ATV is on Ethernet.
  11. macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    I have the same problem.

    Airplay Mirroring with video streams is stuttering and lagging. A direct YouTube HD stream on ATV (720p) works fine.

    I stream low quality videos from with Airplay Mirroring.

    Any help?
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    It's gotten worse with Mavericks it seems.

    Either that or my neighbour started jamming my wifi around the same time as Mavericks launched.

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