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Tips for Improving Your Rugby Online Streaming Experience

Like millions of fans the world over, do you want to watch rugby games live online? Want better streaming quality? There are ways to do that without calling for expert help.

Disabling Hardware Acceleration

If you’re using a Flash-based web player and your streams are always pixelated, try to right click on the stream window, click settings and uncheck Enable hardware acceleration. This is not an assurance that the issue will be fixed – after all, it may be your unstable Internet connection – but hardware acceleration has been proven to cause pixelation according to most live video streaming websites.

Flushing DNS Settings

Have you encountered the mysterious Error #2032 while streaming rugby or any other live show or event? It means it has been over ten seconds since you lost your connection to the streaming server, causing your provider to shut off your stream. In most cases, this issue may be solved simply by flushing your DNS cache. Open up your Windows command prompt (click the Start button, type command prompt and then hit Enter) and type ipconfig/flushdns to reset your DNS automatically. Hopefully, your streaming problem will be solved.

Changing Streaming Resolution

If you deal with a lot of streaming hiccups, try switching to a different -not necessarily lower- resolution video stream. You can get a stuttering feed at 360p and watch it smooth out 720p. Just switch to different settings and stick to what works best.

Streaming on TV

Watching streams at your desk is perfectly fine, but watching them on TV in your living room can be more comfortable and satisfying. But this will still depend on your set up and available gear.

If you have an HDMI-equipped computer, whether laptop or desktop, you shouldn’t have a problem (some TVs support VGA too, which could be compatible with older PCs); just output your PC display to your HDTV like a second monitor. If your equipment is mostly Apple, you can use a Mac or iOS device and an Apple TV to output your PC display onto your TV through Wi-Fi, or purchase an HDMI adapter that will link your device directly to your TV. If your phone is Android and it supports HDMI out, just mirror the mobile app of your selected streaming service onto the TV in that manner. Otherwise, it boils down to getting a wireless HDMI adapter or a Roku media player.

As a rugby aficionado, you probably think live streaming is one of the best things that ever happened to 21st century technology. But with countless streams on countless sites and a few full-featured standalone player apps, it can be a challenge to stay on top your streaming game. The tips discussed above can offer some help.

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