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Why is streaming quality on TV jumpy (from MacBook Pro)

I am streaming a football match from Sky Sports (I'm logged into Sky Go so it's official and legal streaming). I've connected my laptop to my tv via an HDMI cable. The quality generally is good - clear and sharp - however it's jumpy and kind of jerky and I'm not sure why and if I can stop it.

I sometimes stream Amazon prime on my tv from my laptop and have occasionally noticed the same but as there isn't constant quick movement in a normal film it's fine, however for football it's really annoying and noticeable!

My internet speed is really good (128mbps on a good day) and on my laptop it doesn't jump. Equally if I watch football directly on the TV from Sky it is fine (unfortunately I can't do that for various reasons)

My laptop is a MacBook Pro (2015 model), and the tv is Samsung, it is a bit old (maybe 2011 or 2012), however it's usually good with normal HD

Is it the laptop or TV, or even the HDMI cable, and can anything be done?

Please note, I am not very tech savvy so any suggestions in simple terms are appreciated Happy

Thanks,

Rachel

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Test another laptop to see if it happens there too

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That helps isolate the issue IME.

As Bob has said, plenty of gremlins abound w/ digital feeds/streaming. In this sense it's easier to see if another laptop or PC suffers equally. A good starting point vs swapping out & re-configuring wifi routers, etc.

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Laptops

In reply to: Test another laptop to see if it happens there too

Unfortunately don't have another laptop or PC I can try with Sad I will try the motion processing (whatever that is) but otherwise not sure what else to do!

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It's not like the old analog days at all.

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Digital side effects include this. Be sure your TV is not doing any motion processing so you see exactly what the source is sending.

There are folk that expect what they used to get prior to the move to internet streaming. We're not there yet.

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Motion processing

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Thanks, do you know how I can check about the motion processing?

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Such would be in the TV's manual.

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The name may be something like "motion smoothing" or other. I don't know why but a few folk want the exact name. To date I've seen it called over a dozen names.

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