Hisense TV Stuttering During Streaming: How to Fix?

Watching a stuttering Hisense TV can be frustrating. The video and audio skipping or freezing interrupts your viewing experience. But there are several things you can try to fix Hisense TV stuttering and streaming issues. Many Hisense TV owners have also reported performance issues when streaming or playing 4K and HDR video files. The good news is that this can be easily fixed in most cases with a few tweaks and settings changes. This comprehensive guide will walk you through all the steps needed to stop the stuttering and enjoy flawless 4K on your Hisense TV.

Quick Solution Summary

Issue Potential Causes Solutions to Try
Stuttering Weak WiFi Connection, Outdated Apps/Firmware, Incorrect Settings Move the TV closer to the router, Update apps/firmware, Adjust picture settings, and Power cycle the TV
Choppy/Jumpy Video External Device Issues, Display Settings Wrong Check cables, ports, and sources. Adjust display/motion settings
Audio/Sound Sync Issues Unsupported Media Format, Distance from Audio Source Use supported media formats, Move speakers closer to the TV
Frozen/Unresponsive Screen Software Bugs, System Overload Reset TV to factory settings, Unplug and reconnect power

Hisense TV Stuttering on 4K, HDR: What to Do?

Power Cycle the TV

Power Socket

  • Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve performance issues.
  • Turn off your Hisense TV, unplug it from the power source, and wait for a few minutes.
  • Plug the TV back in and turn it on. This action can clear temporary glitches and refresh the system, potentially fixing the stuttering problem.

Check Internet Connection

WiFi Connection

  • Poor internet connectivity can lead to stuttering or buffering issues. Start by ensuring that your Hisense TV is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network or via an Ethernet cable.
  • Try moving closer to the router or using a Wi-Fi extender to improve signal strength.
  • Test the internet speed on your TV by accessing the network settings menu. A speed of at least 5 Mbps is recommended for smooth streaming.

Check HDMI Cables

HDMI Output

Loose connections between your TV and media devices often cause playback issues.

  • Ensure all cables connecting your TV, like power cords, HDMI cables, and ethernet cables, are plugged in completely.
  • Secure HDMI connections by gently pressing the plug into the HDMI port until it clicks.
  • Try disconnecting and reconnecting cables to reset the connections.
  • Faulty or bent HDMI cords can interrupt signal transfer and cause stuttering.
  • Swap out current HDMI cables and test new high-speed ones designed for 4K video.
  • If new cables fix the issue, the problem was with the old cables.

 Reset Your Modem/Router

Connectivity issues between your TV and internet access point can disrupt streaming.

  • Unplug your modem and router, leave it unplugged for one minute, then plug it back in.
  • Once restarted, check if stuttering continues.

Adjust Picture Settings

Advance Picture Settings Hisense TV

Optimizing your TV’s picture settings can also help alleviate stuttering issues.

  • Access the Picture Settings: Navigate to the settings menu on your Hisense TV and locate the picture settings option. Experiment with different picture modes (e.g., Standard, Vivid, Cinema) with changing brightness and contrast to see if changing the settings alleviates stuttering.
  • Adjust Motion Settings: First, adjust the refresh rate and motion enhancement or motion smoothing settings. Sometimes, these features can introduce unwanted artifacts or stuttering, particularly when watching fast-paced content. If adjusting does not work, then disable motion settings.
  • Turn off Energy Saving Mode: This forces the TV to run at lower performance to save power. Set to Off for best 4K.
  • Enable Enhanced HDMI Settings: The TV communicates correct 4K specs with connected devices. Enable for HDMI inputs used for 4K.
  • Disable Unnecessary Image Processing: Turn off features like noise reduction or edge enhancement, as they can potentially interfere with the smooth playback of 4K content.

Disable Unnecessary Features

Disable HDMI CEC control

Certain features or settings on your Hisense TV may not be compatible with 4K content and could contribute to stuttering issues.

  • Turn off HDR: If you’re experiencing stuttering specifically when viewing HDR content, try disabling HDR (High Dynamic Range) in the picture settings menu.
  • Disable CEC: Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) allows devices connected via HDMI to control each other. However, this feature can sometimes cause compatibility issues. Try disabling CEC in the settings menu of your TV and connected devices.

Adjust Audio Settings

  • Sometimes, audio settings can affect the synchronization between audio and video, leading to stuttering.
  • Access the TV’s audio settings menu.
  • Experiment with different audio output options (e.g., PCM, Dolby Digital) to see if it improves stuttering.
  • Ensure that external audio devices (soundbars or AV receivers) are properly connected and configured.

Free Up Storage Space

Clear Cache on Hisense Android tv

If your TV storage space is nearly full it can cause performance lag.

  • Go to Settings > Device Preferences > Storage to check available space.
  • Delete unused apps and media files to free up storage.

Rescan Channels

Channel Scan Hisense TV

Channel signal issues can disrupt video playback.

  • Go to Settings > Channel > Channel Scan and start a new channel scan.
  • Allow the scan to run completely to refresh the channel list.

Update Hisense TV Software

Hisense TV System Update

Ensuring your Hisense TV is running the latest firmware version can fix compatibility bugs that lead to 4K stuttering:

  • Navigate to Settings > About > System Update
  • Check for any available updates and install them
  • Important updates often fix playback issues

Reset Hisense TV to Factory Defaults

Hisense TV Factory Reset

If all else fails, resetting the TV to factory defaults can clear any corrupted settings or software issues causing problems:

  • Navigate to Settings > Device Preferences > Factory Data Reset
  • Select Reset
  • Confirm reset when prompted
  • TV will reboot and install the original software
  • Reconfigure the initial setup and reinstall the apps

This wipe should eliminate any underlying software gremlins disrupting smooth 4K playback.

Helpful Tips

  • Keep the TV away from heat sources, direct sunlight, and dusty environments.
  • Don’t overload power outlet strips to prevent voltage fluctuations.
  • Allow adequate ventilation space around the TV to prevent overheating.
  • Limit the number of tasks running in the background on a Hisense Android TV.
  • Use a surge protector power board to protect against power spikes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why does my Hisense TV stutter when streaming Netflix/YouTube in 4K?

A: This is often due to insufficient internet bandwidth. Verify your plan provides a minimum of 25Mbps speeds and use Ethernet if possible. Also, close other apps using bandwidth.

Q: I upgraded my HDMI cables, but the 4K Blu-ray still stutters. Why?

A: Connect the Blu-ray player directly to the TV instead of passing through AV receivers or switches, which could bottleneck the signal. Also, double-check that it is on the ideal HDMI port.

Q: After the factory reset, my Hisense TV won’t display 4K resolution at all. Help?

A: You will likely need to re-enable HDMI Enhanced mode in the settings again after a factory reset. This allows proper 4K communication between devices.


You can eliminate frustrating stuttering issues on your Hisense television with the right settings, connectivity, and troubleshooting. Proper placement, HDMI cables, TV software, and internet bandwidth are the most common factors. Adjusting key settings and device connections specifically for 4K content is also crucial for the best performance. Follow the steps in this guide, and you’ll enjoy an immersive, stutter-free experience in no time.

About: Pankaj Konwar

Pankaj Konwar is the founder and writer of 5GMP. He writes in-depth buying guides, tips for troubleshooting common TV problems, and reviews of the latest TV models.

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