Netflix says 'An error occurred loading this content.'

If you see an error on your Apple TV that says

An error occurred loading this content. Try again later.

It typically points to a network connectivity issue that is preventing your device from reaching the Netflix service. Follow the troubleshooting steps below to resolve the issue.

Test your internet connection

  1. From the main Apple TV menu, navigate to Settings.

  2. Select General.

  3. Select Network.

  4. Select Test Network.

  5. Select OK.

  6. Select Yes.

  7. Select the download speed you expect from your internet connection.

If the connection test fails, see Apple's support site for help troubleshooting your Apple TV's connection to your home network. If the test succeeds, continue on to the next step.

Restart your device

  1. Turn off your device. If your device has a power cable, unplug it.

  2. Make sure your device is completely off, not just in sleep or standby mode.

  3. Leave your device off for 15 seconds.

  4. Turn on your device and try Netflix again.

Update the firmware on your Apple TV

  1. From the Apple TV main menu, select Settings.

  2. Select General.

  3. Select Software Updates.

  4. Select Update Software/Update automatically.

  5. Select Download and Install.

  6. Once the update is complete, try Netflix again.​

If your Apple TV displays the message Your Apple TV is up to date and you are on a version lower than 6.2.1, we recommend contacting Apple or visiting Apple's support site for assistance. To check your firmware version, follow the steps below.
  1. From the Apple TV main menu, select Settings.

  2. Select General.

  3. Select About.

  4. Verify that your software version is 6.2.1 or above.

Restart your home network

  1. Turn off or unplug your streaming media player.
    Turn your streaming player off, wait 10 seconds, then power back on.

  2. Unplug your modem (and your wireless router, if it's a separate device) from power for 30 seconds.

  3. Plug in your modem and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on. If your router is separate from your modem, plug it in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn your streaming media player back on and try Netflix again.

Improve your Wi-Fi signal

To improve your Wi-Fi:

  • Move your router and your device closer to each other. If possible, put them in the same room.

  • Move your router away from other wireless devices and appliances.

  • Keep your router in an open space off the floor. Routers get better reception when on a desk or bookshelf.

Restore your default connection settings

If you've changed the connection settings on your device, you'll need to change them back to default.

These settings could include:

  • Custom modem settings.

  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) or proxy service settings.

  • Custom DNS settings.

If you need help changing these settings, contact the device manufacturer.

Once you've reset these settings, try Netflix again.

Contact your internet service provider

If the steps don't fix the problem, contact your internet service provider (ISP) for help fixing a network connection issue.

Your ISP can:

  • Check for an internet outage in your area.

  • Fix common router or modem issues and incorrect network settings.

  • Restart or reset your network's connection.

While talking with your ISP, let them know:

  • Whether the issue happens only on one device, or other devices on the same network.

  • Whether your device connects using Wi-Fi or directly using a cable.

Before you finish talking with your ISP:

  • Using a web browser, go to to test your internet speed and connection directly to Netflix.

  • Try playing Netflix again to make sure the problem is fixed.

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