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A Beginner’s Guide to Streaming On TV

If a new season of your favorite show is about to release on Netflix and you want to catch the experience on a bigger screen this time, you need to learn TV streaming. The thing is, with the fast-changing technology, it gets overwhelming to adapt to the changes and be upbeat about the latest technology.

But sooner or later, you will have to catch up with the trends otherwise you will be missing out on great experiences. TV streaming makes movie nights with friends and family convenient and memorable. Not only do you get the experience on a bigger screen but you can also surf through various streaming services seamlessly and cost-effectively.

If you are feeling buried with all the options available in the market and wondering where to start and how, read ahead to get all the information you need to begin streaming on your TV, step by step:

What do you need?

Fast internet

Firstly, you should have a good home internet to begin streaming on your TV. It goes without mentioning that it can get frustrating if the internet connection at home is slow or lagging and you are forced to stare at the loading screen now and then.

Generally, the videos in HD (high definition) are streamed at 5Mbps and the HDR or 4K videos are streamed at 25Mbps. The speed requirement also depends on the number of devices being used at once.

Thus, before you dive into the process of streaming on TV make sure you have a good internet connection that at least provides the download speed of 5Mbps.

Smart TVs

Smart TVs are getting increasingly popular because of the convenience they provide. Smart TVs connect to your home internet via the “Network” option and come with in-built streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc. The only disadvantage is that it might not come with every app that you want to stream and usually there is no option to get those apps.

Streaming devices

Streaming devices can connect both to a smart TV and a non-smart TV, provided the TVs have an HDMI port. Thus, if you do not have a smart TV, you can still stream your favorite shows on it via the streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast Ultra, etc.

These devices come with all the streaming apps you can imagine. The interface is also quite a user-friendly one and you can easily navigate between apps. You can just search for a movie/show title and you will be shown all the options available to stream that title.

TV Casters

A TV caster is another streaming device that lets you connect your non-smart TV to your smartphone or tablet. They are efficient and cost-friendly and thus if you do not want to go for a regular streaming device, a TV caster is the best option for you.

One such device available in the market is TV Fix Caster, it enables smooth streaming of movies, videos, shows, etc. from your smartphones/tablets to your TV (does not even have to be smart).

Get started!

Connect the streaming device or TV caster

If you have a smart TV then you can skip this step. Almost every streaming device or TV caster connects to the HDMI port of your TV and a power outlet. After you have plugged the device, you can just switch your TV to the HDMI input.

 For instance, if you have inserted the streaming device in the HDMI port 1, then switch the TV over to that input. Next, just keep on following the instructions displayed on the screen and you are good to go for the next step.

Connect to the internet

For streaming the shows/movies you want to watch, you need to connect to the internet. Some streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV lets you connect to the router directly via an Ethernet cable. This connection method saves the bandwidth for other devices and is also more reliable.

However, if you can not connect to the internet directly through a router, you can do so with the remote that comes with the streaming devices. In the case of a TV caster, you can connect to the internet via your smartphones/tablets.

Operate the streaming apps

The smart TVs come with a lot of streaming apps pre-installed. You can just connect to the internet and browse and watch anything you like from the apps offered. However, if you want to watch something that your smart TV does not offer, you will need a streaming device.

Navigation on streaming devices is quite easy. Apart from getting all the streaming apps imaginable you also get the option to choose between the best streaming service for the title you want to watch. For instance, if you want to watch the movie ‘Catch me if you can’, you just need to type the title, and a list of streaming options will be shown.

Happy streaming!

Now that you have all the information needed to switch to the bigger screen, you can experience more joyful movie nights with your friends and family. So dig in and find the most suitable monthly/yearly subscriptions to the streaming apps and get started now!

Shashank Jain, founder of good-name, a young and energetic entrepreneur has always been fond of technology. His liking for technology made him go for engineering in computers. During his studies, he learned & worked on different computer languages & OS including HBCD, Linux, etc. He also has a keen interest in ethical hacking.


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