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Why is Paramount Plus so slow?

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Paramount Plus is a streaming service by Paramount Global. As of October 2022, this streaming application has more than 46 million subscribers.

If you are wondering why Paramount Plus’s streaming speed is so slow, then you are at the right place. In this article, we have provided 8 fixes that should resolve the issue.

Reasons why the Paramount Plus is so slow

There can be several reasons for this, such as:

  • You have installed ad blockers.
  • Minor bugs in the app.
  • You are using a VPN to access Paramount Plus.
  • The app has not been updated in a while.
  • There is some interference in the network.
  • You might be using an unsupported browser.
  • Server issues.
  • Poor bandwidth or internet in your area.

Also read: Paramount Plus error code 124: 6 Fixes

How to fix Paramount Plus slow buffering?

Now that you have understood the potential reasons for the slow buffering or loading in Paramount Plus, it is time to troubleshoot the issue.

Here, we have presented a list of fixes that you can try:

Disable ad-blockers

How to block ads on Google Chrome?

You can start by disabling the ad blockers on your computer. Although ad blockers certainly enhance the user experience by removing pop-up ads, sometimes they can also be a nuisance.

If you are using Chrome, go to the three-dot button at the top right of the screen and then select More tools > Extensions. Now, locate and disable the ad blocker and run Paramount Plus again.

On Mozilla Firefox, click on the three-dot button > Add-ons and Themes > Extensions > Toggle off the button.

In Safari, choose Safari > Settings (or Preferences) > Extensions > deselect the extension.

Turn off the VPN

Most streaming services, including Paramount Plus, block access to the content when they detect VPN traffic.

In Windows, go to Network Connections > View Network Connections > Disable.

If you are using a Mac, go to Apple icon > System Preferences and Network > VPN > Disconnect.

Force quit the app

Sometimes, minor bugs can hamper the app’s functioning. You can try to force quit the app and then restart it again. It is the same as when you press Alt + F4 on Windows to close the program.

Update the Paramount Plus app

Companies release regular updates to fix technical bugs and glitches as well as to improve user experience. You should make it a habit to update apps as soon as you can.

Visit the app store and then check for an update. If an update is available, download it.

Check the network connection

Check the internet to ensure that there are no outages in your area. Talk to your Internet Service Provider or use third-party websites such as Downdetector and Speed Test.

You can power cycle the router and modem and then try streaming Paramount Plus again. To power cycle, just unplug the devices from all the sockets and then replug the devices after a few minutes.

Also, make sure that your current internet plan is streaming-friendly meaning means that your internet plan should have at least 4 Mbps speed.

Check the number of devices connected to the network

Streaming is a pretty data-intensive process. So, remove other devices that might be connected to your network to increase the network bandwidth.

Check browser settings

Paramount Plus supports only a few browsers like Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

In case you are using a different browser, then the app will not function optimally.

If you are using app-compatible browsers and still the problem persists, then try to clear the browser cache.

Also, make sure that you have the latest OS. Paramount has mentioned on its website that subscribers who are using v68+ on Windows XP/Vista & Mac OS X 10.6 – 10.8, can only stream live TV but not video on demand.

Paramount servers might be busy

Sometimes, the problem might be with the company servers themselves. In that case, you cannot do anything but wait it out. Either the company is performing maintenance of the servers or the servers are currently overcrowded.

You can check the Paramount status page. You can also follow Paramount on Twitter or other social media platforms.

Also read: Error code 3304 Paramount Plus: 6 Fixes

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: