If you've worked with multiple streaming devices before, you already know that not all apps are created alike.
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Netflix on a Smart TV Looks Different Than Netflix on a PlayStation 4; Amazon Video runs beautiful on a Fire TV, but requires a dull solution to a Google Chromecast.
The only fact is that not all streaming apps are created just what demmitt43340 previewer discovered when trying to use Sling TV on its Amazon Fire TV Stick:
Problem with Sling freezing on Amazon Fire Stick, "he wrote." Would Roku Be More Compatible? Do not Belive On Internet Speed Is The Problem When We Can See Amazon [and] Netflix without freezing problems. "He continued to describe the problem: Sling TV app would freeze frequently and restart of device had no effect on
What is the problem?
It's often difficult to diagnose streaming application issues, as there are about a thousand different factors that go into a user's experience on a given day.
What device do they use? How strong is the Wi-Fi signal? Is the app itself stable? Has the ISP experienced any difficulties? How far is the router? Who else used the Internet and what did they do? Any of these factors ̵
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Still, demmitt43340 is not the only person who has a subpar experience with the Sling TV app on an Amazon Fire Stick, I did. I usually be running Sling TV on Xbox One, which is a simple, flawless experience. But two weeks ago, I sat on the dog in the apartment of my sister. When we were not mesmerized by turtles in Central Park my canine companion and I tried to catch Better Call Saul on Sling TV on a Fire TV Stick.
After every other commercial break, even if the app would freeze, and resist any attempt to close it. Twice while attempting to fix the problem, the app just crashed.
To find out if there is any kind of known problem with the Sling TV app on Fire TV Stick, I went straight to the source. I contacted the Sling TV team and described demmitt43340's problem for them. They looked at the problem and replied that they were not "aware of any systematic issues on Fire Stick". However, they invited the user to contact Sling tech support, which could help diagnose and process the problem.
This is pretty much in line with what I found during a careful Google search. It's actually a Reddit thread about Sling TV's freezing problems – but only four users weighed in. This to me, at least, suggests that Sling TV freezing on Fire Sticks is a legitimate problem, but probably does not affect all the many users in the big order of things.
How to fix it
I will add page "Check your wireless connection and distance to router" advice here since everything else on demmitt43340 is Network seems to work well. Let's assume that the problem is actually with the Sling app on Fire TV Stick – although as mentioned above, it can be very hard to break just one source of a streaming issue.
Another user in the thread, paulchezter, struck me in kind of how to (probably) fix it. Clearing an app cache is a quick and easy way to address just about all streaming problems and the only real drawback is that you must log in again.
On the Fire TV Stick menu, go to Settings, then Apps, and then Manage All Programs. Scroll down to the Sling TV app, and then select Delete cache and data. That's all there is. This gets rid of old data that can slow down the Sling TV app or get away for its normal operation.
It's a good idea to do this regularly, especially if you've been through multiple versions of the app on your machine. In fact, if you really want to secure your bets, you can remove the cache, uninstall the app, launch the fire TV and reinstall the app.
Amazon Fire TV Stick also has a troublesome requirement for some users to neglect. Even though it's a small dongle, you can not just connect it to your TV, your USB port, like a Roku Stick or a Chromecast. The Stick will work technically, but it will not draw enough power to work at the highest efficiency. If your Fire TV Stick is not plugged into an outlet, apps may store and freeze at a larger frequency.
It's always the core choice, of course, which is a factory setting of the entire Fire TV Stick. Although this may sound like a troublesome alternative, it's not really that bad. When you log into your Amazon account, it should only take half an hour to download all your favorite games again. And much like deleting the cache can solve connectivity issues, a good update of a gadget each time, can help remove any unexpected rubbish out of the system.
Time to upgrade?
While demmitt43340 asked if a Roku device would work better, I'm not sure it's worth investing in a second streaming player. After all, Rokus has its share of pros and cons, just like Amazon devices; although Sling TV worked perfectly, who is saying another app would not? Fire TVs are not my first recommendation for streaming equipment, but they are usually only good and I would not recommend getting rid of them either.
On the other hand, the Four TV Record was not an extremely powerful device when it debuted in 2014; now it's almost archaic. No app will run on a Fire TV Stick as it would on a Fire TV Cube, or an Xbox One, or even a moderately robust smartphone. I'm hesitant to make promises about how some apps can perform on newer systems, but better specifications can never hurt anyone.
In short: Connect the Fire Stick to a wall, remove the Sling TV cache and perhaps execute a factory setting. If these steps do not work, it may be time to send the Fire TV Stick to the bedroom TV and upgrade to something more advanced in the living room.