Google Chrome Buffering -- Fixes offered
This isn't really a question but some tips to help others because Google Chrome (version 86.0.4240.111) is the default browser on my computer (Win 10 ver 1909, build 18363.1139), both 64-bit, and I was experiencing serious buffering issues (some channels will repeat the last 5 or so seconds without my interaction), or just plain buffering. Somehow, a tense Google search led me to try the following fixes, which helped me immensely:
First, copy and paste this into a new tab (CTRL-T): chrome://flags (ENTER/RETURN)
Then, search for "quic" and DISABLE the "Experimental QUIC Protocol". Also, disable "Hardware-accelerated video decode". Relaunch Chrome when prompted.
Close Chrome. Kill it in Task Manager (CTRL-ALT-ESC) if necessary.
On your Desktop, right-click your Chrome shortcut and select "Properties".
(I got this next tip from Stack Overflow, https://stackoverflow.com/a/63972999 which helped me, but is not my post on Stack Overflow)
In the "Target" line (it should begin with "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\chrome.exe", with the quotes included, see attached screenshot), add this to THE END of the line:
--disable-frame-rate-limit --disable-gpu-vsync --max-gum-fps="9999"
Click "Apply" then "OK". Now launch Chrome and go type https://watch.spectrum.net and the buffering should be nonexistent.
I know this may be a complicated workaround, but I'd thought I'd offer my way because if you don't want to use a different browser and your router is A-OK and not the issue, usually it's Chrome's fault and not the router.
Bottom line, Spectrum kicks butt (am I allowed to say that?) because switching from DirecTV to Spectrum, I'd say I made a wise choice. No more slow Internet (U-Verse doesn't hold a candle to Spectrum's amazing speed) or Error 771s (Signal Lost if you ever used DirecTV) because it is drizzling outside.
So, as my first post, I thought it would be a good idea to offer some solutions to buffering of Watch.Spectrum.Net on Google Chrome. It's a Google problem, NOT a Charter/Spectrum problem, and I thought to offer my help. It's the Ham Radio Way! (That's what the "W9JYD" means. I'm a licensed ham operator.)
And thanks Spectrum for AWESOME service.