Fix for stuttering Netflix on Android Box
A few days ago my new M8 android box arrived. One of the things I bought the box for, is watching Netflix.
M8 Quad Core Android 4.4 Mini PC 4K TV Box
M8 Quad Core Android 4.4 Mini PC 4K TV Box

I was disappointed by the performance of the app. It "stutters". Every 5 seconds or so, the movie stopped a bit (hitch). I checked Netflix on my PC with the same cable connected. No problem at all, so my network is fast enough. I took a look at the settings of the app. One of the settings surprised me: "WIFI-only". This setting wasn't checked. My guess, the app is tuned for WIFI connections. Android was merely used for mobile devices. I decided to do the following changes:
  • set Netflix to "WIFI-only" (starting Netflix now gives error that wifi only is selected)
  • Change the M8 box setting-> network --> WIFI
After these changes, I started Netflix again. I watched the same movie for a while: no stuttering anymore.
Netflix for Android
Netflix for Android

Problem solved! I think the app is checking every 5 seconds whether there's a WIFI-connection available. As soon as the WIFI connection is available, I will use this connection. This is a good thing on mobile devices in order to keep the costs for data low. But I vote for an extra option: "don't check WIFI" or "use ethernet" or "whatever". Now I'm forced to use WIFI: Another wasted wall outlet...
On 30-8-2014 15:58:25, Brajon wrote:

comment=Hi%2C+thanks+for+the+tip.+Will+definitely+give+it+a+go+and+see+if+it+actually+solves+the+problem.%0D%0ABut+can+you+actually+get+a+proper+hd+video+streaming+through+netflix.+I+am+stuck+at+SD.+It+doesn't+look+good+on+a+42+inch+tv.+Thanks+again.

On 1-9-2014 21:32:52, Erwin van Dijk wrote:

comment=Hi%2C+unfortunately+I+don't+have+a+HD+television.+Although+I+do+have+a+Full+HD+monitor%2C+I+can't+use+it+for+verifying+your+question.+It+doesn't+have+a+HDMI+input.+So+I+need+a+HDMI+to+DVI+converter.++My+configuration%3A+TV+with+vga+input+is+sourced+by+HDMI+to+VGA+converter.+In+the+android+box+I+have+'HDMI+auto+detection+off'%2C+'output%3A+720P+60+Hz'.+Before+running+netflix%2C+I+run+'Advanced+Task+Killer+Free'.+I+have+auto-updates+of+software++turned+'off'.+That+works+for+me.+It+probably+depends+on+your+internet+speed+as+well.+Good+luck+anyway.

On 2-9-2015 00:56:40, Sheena wrote:

comment=Anyone+know+why+I+can't+get+Netflix+to+work%3F+The+play+store+won't+even+let+me+download+it%3F%3F%3F

On 2-9-2015 08:37:49, Erwin van Dijk wrote:

comment=Hi+Sheena%2C+%0D%0AI+have+a+few+questions%3A%0D%0A-+do+you+have+an+MBox+or+do+you+use+a+different+device%3F%0D%0A-+in+which+country+do+you+reside%3F+Netflix+is+available+on+your+PC%2Flaptop%2Ftablet%3F

On 4-12-2016 12:19:41, Solo wrote:

comment=Alway+love+to+visit+your+blog+regularly+and+i+love+this+article+by+heart.

On 4-12-2016 12:19:43, Solo wrote:

comment=Alway+love+to+visit+your+blog+regularly+and+i+love+this+article+by+heart.

On 4-12-2016 13:03:08, Erwin van Dijk wrote:

comment=You're+welcome

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