Streaming Devices

February 27, 2013 in Devices, Home, Streaming


Now that you’ve found what you want to watch, you can make the experience even better by enjoying it with your friends and family! As we wrap up our Streaming 101 series we’d like to show you just how easy it is to turn every night into movie night by streaming directly to your big screen.

There are a number of ways to quickly and easily watch your streaming services directly on your TV. Let’s take a look at the options!

Smart TVs, Blu-Ray Players and Home Theater Systems

The newest generation of TV sets, Blu-Ray and home theater systems are now streaming savvy. Many home entertainment devices are now Internet ready and come with built-in apps that make streaming easy and convenient. Top manufacturers are partnering with streaming content providers like Netflix® to bring their easy-to-navigate interfaces directly to your TV set.

If you are in the market for a new TV set or home entertainment system, you will want to check out these options. The ease of accessing your streaming entertainment can easily justify the slightly higher prices on these ‘smart’ models.

Gaming Systems

Here’s an option that you might already have in your home – your gaming system! Gaming consoles like the XboxTM 360, Playstation 3 and the Nintendo WiiTM are all set up to directly access streaming content providers.

It’s really simple – all you have to do is find the app (you might need to download it) on your system’s menu and follow the on screen instructions to log in. Then you can view what is available, choose your movie or show and enjoy!

Some consoles require yearly subscriptions in order to access Internet features such as streaming. For more details, you can visit the gaming system’s website. If you or your kids are gamers, you’ve probably got everything set up already, so you can just log in and stream away!

Streaming Devices

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Streaming devices help bridge the gap between your Internet connection and your TV set. With easy-to-use interfaces, lots of content options, and a price tag of under $100, streaming devices are great way to bring the power of streaming to your TV.

Two of the most popular options are the Roku® and the Apple TV. (There are a other streaming devices, but we will focus on these two since they should be available in all areas.) See the graphic on the right for a side-by-side comparison of the two devices.

Another great benefit these types of devices have is that they are quick and easy to set up – even if you aren’t tech savvy. Just plug it in and connect the device to your TV and follow the onscreen instructions. It’s really that simple!

Using a laptop or PC

Connecting a computer or laptop to your TV is the most basic option for streaming on your big screen. By simply using your TV as a monitor, you have access to all the streaming content you can enjoy online – directly on your TV. Want to learn how to do it? Take a look at our how-to article on connecting your laptop to your TV for detailed instructions.

It really is that easy to stream movies, shows, music and more directly to your TV! However you decide to stream – through your smart TV, your gaming console, through a streaming device or by connecting your laptop to your TV – you’ve got a world of content to explore!

Happy Streaming!