Streaming TV is getting your television programs, movies and other video content through the internet. With cable TV, your video feed comes to your house and on to your TV through cable lines.
When you watch streaming TV, your streaming device (Roku, Amazon Fire, AppleTV, etc., or Smart TV) gets the video from the internet and puts the images on your TV.
Here are the steps we will guide you through to set up streaming in your home.
- Evaluate your television needs. Take a look at our Survey
- You will need a reliable internet connection.
- Buy a modem and router
- Buy an indoor antenna
- Choose a streaming device
- Choose a streaming service
I have a Smart TV, do I need a streaming device?
The short answer is, no. Technically, you can access some streaming services (for example, Netflix or Sling TV) via a Smart TV.
The long answer is, yes. I highly recommend you buy a streaming device. The 3 most popular streaming devices are Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and AppleTV.
Smart TVs are limited. Different brands of TVs will have access to different apps. Also, Smart TVs don’t update their app software nearly as often as streaming devices. You can end up with a Smart TV that stops updating their software a year or so after you buy your TV.
A streaming device will give you access to a wide variety of apps. They update their app stores frequently and add new content.
It’s best to go with a streaming device. They aren’t expensive, really good ones range in price of about $50-100. There will be (much) more on this later.
Let’s dive in! We are going to start with talking about Internet Connections.