Complement Your "LIVE" Antenna TV With Streaming
If You Want More TV ?
In conjunction with an antenna, if you have a broadband internet connection, you can get even more programming directly on your TV with an Internet TV Box like the RoKu Box, GoogleTV box and Apple TV box. Many new Blu Ray DVD players, Wii Boxes, X-Boxes and even TV's have internet boxes built into them. We like the top rated RoKu Box. With an $9 a month NetFlix or Hulu subscription, you will have more TV shows and movies than you can watch. The worst thing is deciding what you want to watch. These boxes also receive many other internet channels and even some will do YouTube. Or, if you enjoy computers, you can connect your laptop or a desktop to your TV for an awesome "cable box". You will be surprised what TV programming you can stream off the net nowadays. And you can even Jail Break an Apple TV to open more even more TV than you can watch.
What Is Internet or Streaming TV?
Internet TV is what its name implies, watching TV streaming from the internet by way of an
internet TV box or Smart TV that allows the streaming TV to be viewed on your regular HDTV-TV. IPTV (internet protocol television) TV programming is delivered via a broadband connection. Which is
probably the future of television as bandwidth increases. Internet TV is catching on big. The college crowd is already up on watching TV on-line. TV is more on-demand with internet TV you
watch the shows, movies when you want, you don't have to watch what's on now. Most networks and cable channels have their shows available to stream (check the channel's website), albeit it may
not be the current program airing now they may soon stream after a lag period. Most network TV shows are streamed very shortly after they air, if not the next day. For instance, if you
like cable TV shows like The National Geographic Channel, HGTV, Sifi etc., they stream many of their shows now, as do the major TV networks. So, you really aren't missing
anything, just viewing it a bit later than air time. PBS streams.
How Do I Get Internet & Streaming TV?
To receive and view streaming internet TV on your regular TV or HDTV, you will need a broadband internet connection of at least 3.0 Mbps or above, higher is better, no dial up here. It is also desirable to have a wireless router for your internet connection, as these internet boxes work via your wireless connection. This makes it very easy because you don't have to run any wires from your router to the internet box next to your TV. Top rated and best RoKu (www.roku.com) HD box will run about $49 to $99 for an HD box. Many devices have built-in internet TV like Blu-Ray DVD players, Wii-Game Boxes, X-Box 360, PS3 and even many newer SMART TV's have internet TV and apps built in so you may already have one. (www.apple.com/appletv) but your stuck with I-Tunes, and limited content for now, but Apple TV is investing in Apple TV so it's better now. If you're a real TV videophile, you can add a dedicated computer to your HDTV via an HDMI, DVI or other cable. You'll have a big computer monitor for surfing the net from the sofa or easy chair, don't forget the wireless mouse/keyboard. See the device list below.
What Can I Watch With Streaming TV?
There are thousands of channels with video content available from the channel store on the #1 rated RoKu Box, Similar channels are available on the other brand boxes.
Netflix and Hulu and Amazon Prime TV have thousands of movies and TV shows to stream. Most internet TV channels are FREE but ad supported. Some channels may charge a small monthly/yearly fee, you will have to determine if it is worth it for that channel or not. Try Hulu out on your computer to see what it's all about watch TV shows for Free. There are many more sites for TV and Movies. YouTube is also a must.
Turn Any TV Into A Smart TV
Roku players connect directly to your TV (with HDMI® or composite cables), and to your home network to stream entertainment. You choose from a wide selection of streaming channels and put all your favorites in one place. Roku provides the simplest way to stream entertainment to your TV. On your terms. With more channels than any other streaming player. New Roku 4. >Add Roku Private Channels< link
Through apps, Apple TV gives you access to the most riveting entertainment content. Apps like Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes have full catalogs of hit movies and TV shows. HBO NOW and SHOWTIME bring you Hollywood blockbusters and binge-worthy original series. You'll also find your favorite college and professional sports. While it's a step behind the Roku and less cutting-edge the new Apple TV is nice.
The Amazon Fire TV is a streaming media player, which means it takes content from the Internet and displays it on your TV. The Fire TV comes in two models: the Fire TV, which is a small box (like the Roku 3 and Apple TV) and the Fire TV Stick (like the Chromecast and Roku streaming stick). Fire TV Stick connects to your TV's HDMI port. It's an easy way to enjoy over 250,000TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO GO, and Hulu, plus games, music, more.
Chromecast is a device that you plug into your TV's HDMI port, powered by a USB cable (included). Using your smartphone or computer as a remote control, you can use Chromecast to access video content from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, the Google Play Store and other services. It gets plugged into your HDTV's HDMI port, connected to your home's Wi-Fi network, and acts as a portal for the content on your mobile devices to be cast onto your TV. Using apps on your mobile device or computer, you essentially hand off, or cast, content to the Chromecast. Check for the new model.
There are other streaming boxes available as well as Media Players, Game Consoles, X-Box, Blu-ray players, Android boxes & devices that can stream from the popular services. Laptops can also stream video content and can be connected to a TV via HDMI.
A 'smart TV' is any TV that has built-in Internet connectivity, allowing it to access a range of online services including video on demand, social networking Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video and instant messaging and much more. Some TVs even have a fully featured web browser which allows access to most websites.
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With an eligible Amazon Prime membership, you have access to thousands of TV shows, series and movies. Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to Prime Video, including original programming and more. With instant access to Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO NOW, Hulu, and more. Free with an Amazon Prime membership $99 year.
Many people forget about YouTube and the movie, documentaries and TV shows available. YouTube is a free video sharing website that makes it easy to watch online videos. You can even create and upload your own videos to share with others. Originally created in 2005, YouTube is now one of the most popular sites on the Web, with visitors watching around 6 billion hours of video every month. You Tube is free.
FREE - On Crackle, watch Hollywood movies for free-uncut and unedited. From your favorite genres like Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Crime and Comedy. Just press Play. More than 25 million fans enjoy this award-winning free app. Crackle provides great new content every month. No signup, no fees, just hit movies, TV shows & original series. Roku and most other devices.
FREE - Tubi TV delivers premium movies and TV entertainment streaming to you –– all for FREE! With over 40,000 titles from around the world, Tubi TV is the largest provider of free and legal TV shows and movies on the Web, mobile, and Connected TV devices. Watch some of Hollywood's biggest titles, including Oscar winners, and movies. Roku and other streaming devices.
Plex is a home media playback system with a powerful central server that streams its media to many Plex player Apps. The Server is available Windows, OS X,, others. Add Plex to your Roku and your computer or other suited streaming device and play the movies, photos and music that are on your computer to your Roku, TV and anywhere. Free and paid app version.
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