As the internet becomes faster and a more integral part of our lives, more and more people are choosing to forgo their traditional cable TV channels and move over to streaming content from the internet. We take a look at the new world of TV in the new era of the internet.
If you watch Netflix, then you are comfortable with steaming your TV already. But what if you want to completely cut the cord and go all out with streaming and leave your cable TV behind?
You wouldn’t be alone wanting to do this. A growing number of Americans are leaving their traditional linear TV scheduling behind and moving over to a more flexible, and often cheaper alternative.
How You View TV
Cable TV companies have had a long history of success. Buy your package and sit back and know that you have a selection of channels with your regular TV shows.
But there’s a drawback. You are tied to those channels. You pay a significant subscription and your choice does not change over time. But what if your tastes do?
In a changing world, consumers are looking for choice. That desire for choice is leading many to leave cable TV behind and move over full time to streamed TV services.
Very often, this is a cheaper way to view your regular schedule, with the added advantage of a wider selection of channels and programs.
No longer are you tied to your cable providers menu, and you can open up to more than one steaming provider to suit the diverse needs of your family. You see, you don’t need to stick with one streaming provider – you can use a selection and often still watch all of your favorite TV shows that you watched on cable.
Your Device Choice
Just as streaming brings a ‘deregulation’ of content to your home, then the way you watch is just as diverse.
You can now view content on pretty much any device you have, from your cell phone or tablet, laptop to TV.
Exactly how you do this will differ, depending on the device you’re using.
If you’re watching on a cell phone or tablet, you can also cast your program onto your TV. Devices that will do this include Google’s Chromecast, which plugs into your smart TV and integrates with an app on your device to stream onto the big screen.
Same with laptops. Or, if you prefer, you can use cables to simplify the transition to the big screen.
Other devices are available, such as Roku, which work in a similar way to Google’s Chromecast, and simply plug into the TV and let you cast from your mobile device.
Or, if you like, you may want to go with a dedicated streaming service provided by Apple called Apple TV. This is a streaming device that streams content from Apple on demand.
Whatever you choose, you options are varied and you don’t have to choose just one – you can employ a variety of services to suit your individual needs.
Deciding How Fast
If you decide to go all out with streaming services then you are going to need an internet connection that can handle the load.
25Mbps may be an absolute minimum download speed for a house that’s dependent upon streaming, but you would definitely need to increase this if different family members wanted to stream different services at the same time.
In such cases, you may find that the new, super high download services available, with up to 100Mbps are more suited to you.
To Stream Or Cable
TV is changing, and more and more content is available to those moving over to streaming services. Making the change is easy – you just need to do your research and decide exactly how you family will stream so you can make the best choices to get the most out of the new experience.