DVD, Streaming, Stick: The Most Typical Movie Quirks and How to Fix Them


    The following scenario should probably be known to each of us: Just made it comfortable at home and wants to enjoy the latest movie streaming. But then that: the video does not start or starts again shortly after the start of playback again the buffer process. This is annoying and annoying. Therefore, it is good to know what to do if it does not really work with the home theater – whether streaming, DVD or stick. We'll tell you how to get your typical movie quirks under control. So it is still something with the cozy movie evening.
    Macke No. 1: No playback on the computer
    If you want to watch a DVD on the computer, it may happen that the movie is not played optimally or Windows does not even recognize the DVD. The problem was already in Windows 8 and was not resolved even with the current Windows 10 unfortunately.
    The solution: There are programs that allow you to watch DVDs without any problems on the computer. The good news: they are free and freely available. One of these programs is the VLC player. This software has playback modules (decoders) for all popular formats. Even broken files, YouTube videos and streams are played normally.
    But the VLC player has many more features that only a few know: You can thus even cut videos and edit erroneous recordings later. This is especially useful when the camera is not always held straight or when the playback device is not completely level. Then you can easily adjust the picture material.
    Another example is Kodi (formerly XBMC), another free software that allows the computer to play DVDs, video files, pictures and music. Even video streams from the Internet are no problem for this open source program.
    Macke No. 2: The film is jerky
    When playing a DVD movie on the computer, the picture jerky? There are various causes and solutions for this. So you can usually fix the problem quite easily.
    The solution: One reason for the jerking may be dust that has accumulated in the drive of the computer. So the first tip is to just open the drive and blow it in or clean it with a microfibre cloth.
    Another option is that the drive's connectors are not (properly) connected properly. Simply open the case of the computer and check the connections on the drive to make sure everything is in place. Very important: shut down the computer beforehand so as not to risk electrocution.
    It is also possible that your driver on the computer is no longer up-to-date. You can update the driver software via the Device Manager and the "Drives" option. Look at the graphics card, if there is the driver software currently. If Windows Media Player does not play the movie correctly, you can use free software like the VLC player. If necessary, you should also update it.
    If none of these suggestions provide a solution, it may be that your PC's drive is broken and needs to be replaced.

    Macke No. 3: No sound during movie playback
    Does your DVD player play the movie, but no longer provides sound? This is often due to faulty connections or settings. To solve the problem, you can try the following.
    The solution: If it's just a faulty connection, it's enough to unplug and reconnect the transmission cable between the TV and the DVD player. You can also try changing the sound signal under the settings if the audio version is not compatible.
    Problems with the software can often be solved by resetting the device in the settings. Tests the DVD player on another TV. If there is no sound, it is either on the TV, otherwise on the DVD player or on the cable. It may also help to use a Scart cable instead of an HDMI or vice versa. If this connection change does not bring any success, new cables must be produced. Especially with HDMI cables, the contacts quickly wear off by frequent changeover.
    Macke No. 4: The DVD is scratched
    If a movie no longer plays on DVD, it may be because the bottom of the DVD is scratched or stained. Basically, a DVD player or other player is able to compensate for such blemishes when reading, so that the movie can be played properly. However, serious scratches and stains disturb the laser scanning. As a result, it can only be read by the device partially or not at all.
    The solution: Light scratches can be removed with special polishes and a suitable cleaning cloth. Dirty discs can be cleaned with a microfibre cloth or a special cleaner. Important: do not move the cloth in a circle, but in a straight line from the middle to the edge, otherwise scratches or existing ones will deepen.
    Even home remedies can be effective against scratches. Toothpaste, for example, contains scouring particles. If these are carefully distributed on the DVD, scratches can be removed. However, there is no one hundred percent guarantee of success. It can also be that this causes even more scratches.
    Whatever also does not bring guaranteed success, but can certainly help, is detergent. Simply rub on the disc and put in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then just let the DVD dry in the air
    A general tip to avoid damage to DVDs: Handle it carefully when you take the DVDs out of the case and put them in a player. Here the edges can be bent upwards. After playing, you should definitely put the discs back in the case so they do not dust or accidentally fall to the ground.

    Macke No. 5: Streaming does not work
    If the movie does not play while streaming, it may be due to a weak or unstable Internet connection. Typical signs of this include frequent buffering or loading, and problems launching the streaming service app.
    The solution: There are several ways to fix the problem. You can reboot the home network, restore the Internet provider's default settings, and / or boost the Wi-Fi signal.
    Depending on the device you use for streaming (game console, computer, smart TV, Blu-ray player, or streaming player), sometimes connecting the device directly to the modem can help.
    For tablets and smartphones, trying another internet connection can help. If you stream through a set-top box, restarting the device may solve the problem. If you still have network connectivity problems after that, you should contact the person who set up your home network. It is designed to verify that the router is properly set up and can communicate with other devices on the home network.
    Macke No. 6: Problems with the stick
    Apart from a bad connection to the network, streaming through the stick can cause problems with the screen or the picture and sound quality.
    The solution: The setting option allows you to adjust the picture and sound settings as desired.
    If the image is not completely displayed when you start the movie, it is probably because the TV automatically scales the image.
    The solution: To fix the problem, you should recalibrate the screen. This option can be found under the settings. There you can adjust the displayed image on the screen again.
    When streaming in 4K Ultra HD, the screen may briefly flicker or turn black while switching from HD to UHD resolution. This can take a few seconds. If the movie does not start, the HDMI port of your Ultra HD TV and / or AV receiver may not support HDCP 2.2. This technology is required by most digital content providers.
    The solution: In the settings, you can check under "Video Resolution" whether HDCP 2.2 is supported or not. If this is not the case, you can try it with another HDMI port.
    If all this does not help, a reboot of the stick can be the solution. To do this, simply unplug the power cord from the device or from the power outlet and reconnect or reboot the stick using the remote control.

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