An increasing number of people are walking away from satellite and cable service and choosing streaming content. It’s a phenomenon called cord cutting. With the right equipment, you can bring your choice of content right to your television. Let’s highlight a few of the popular streaming options.
The Apple TV is a device that connects to your television with a standard HDMI cable, and connects to the internet using Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable. The remote control allows you to communicate with Siri, Apple’s built-in virtual assistant, and Siri can help you find your programming of choice. Apple TV plays nicely with your other Apple products, and also has games and apps that can be downloaded and played on the television.
Roku offers a couple of different versions. The streaming stick plugs directly into the HDMI port on your television and is powered from the USB port. One advantage to a streaming stick is its mobility; it operates off Wi-Fi so you can use it on any television in your home as long as you have a strong signal. The Roku also comes in a streaming set-top box with an Ethernet port, allowing a more dedicated connection.
Fire TV, Amazon’s streaming equipment, also offers a streaming stick and streaming set-top box options. It is equipped with Android OS, so you can play games and use multiple apps. You can even purchase a game controller for the games played using the set-top box. Much like the Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s virtual assistants, Alexa and Echo, are readily available to help you navigate the world of Amazon content.
Last, but definitely not least, is Chromecast. Chromecast offers two streaming sticks. The regular is for HD video (1080p) and uses a Wi-Fi connection. The Pro version is for 4K stream and offers Wi-Fi connectivity and an Ethernet port. Chromecast uses your smart device so any app on your phone or tablet can be viewed on your television. Stream a YouTube video or conduct a web search. The Chromecast dongle is small in size, but gives you a lot of powerful options to customize your television experience.
Ready to learn more? Check out CNET’s review of the best media streamers of 2017.