Streaming to Watch Whatever, Whenever

Most individuals are going to be able to tell you that they understand that the ability to watch television has changed over the years.  There was a time when you could only watch television when you were at home.  Things started to change over the years.  This actually started to change as the VCR started to make its way onto the scene.  However, when you stop and think about it, this is even outdated now.  There are so many other options when it comes to streaming that should be considered when you want to engage in some rest and relaxation.

If you have never used streaming before then you are probably wondering what some of the advantages are. Well, you will see that you are going to be able to watch whatever you want, just about anywhere that you want.  You are also going to find that you will not have to worry about paying any late fees when it comes to returning movies to the store.  You are also going to be able to determine what it is that you really want to watch.  This is certainly something to keep in mind when you are trying to decide if you want to use streaming or not.  If you have made the decision to go along with streaming then you have to pay attention to a few different things.

First off, you will see that you have to have high speed internet.  You are not going to be able to stream movies when you have dial up. After you have paid for your internet services it will be important to determine how you are going to go about streaming.  It would be possible to go with wireless streaming and a lot of people will do that but you should know that using a traditional cable is going to be the most preferred method.  If you are considering using a wireless router then you will have to think about where it is going to be located within your home.  This is completely important because the further that you move away from the router, the weaker the signal will become. This could make streaming difficult.

Over the last few years there have been a number of different streaming devices that have come out on the market.  It is important to know that these devices are going to different advantages and components.  They are also going to have a wide range of features that they can offer you.  If you are considering purchasing one then you have to take the time to learn about each of these devices to see which one will meet your needs.  Another option that you can consider would be the fact that there are a wide range of video players that can also be used for streaming today.  So, if you have these devices in your home already you will not want to purchase another streaming device.

 

Different Streaming Applications

 

Netfix: The Big Kahuna

If you know anything about Netflix then you know that this company has really gone to great lengths to increase their sales and to broaden what they can do for.  They have gone from the computer to being able to stream to just about any media player that you have.  The possibilities really are endless when you use this product.

Those that know this company and what they are able to offer can tell you that they are able to give you three different options when it comes to service.  First off, you will be able to have access on your phone or your computer.  This is the most basic type of service that you can get with Netflix.  If you are not satisfied with this basic plan then you will want to consider the second level.  With this level you are going to be able to add the movies and shows that you really like to your queue so that they are available when you want to watch them.  You are going to be able to do this from a number of different devices that are out there.  In the end, you will find that the third interface may be even more enjoyable as you are going to be able to search for shows that you like and would enjoy by simply viewing the recommendations that have been made for you. These will be based on your viewing habits.

If you are thinking about using Netflix for your viewing pleasure then you should know that you are going to see that this is a subscription service.  You will also find that these services are not going to be nearly as expensive as you would think.  In fact, you will see that some of your options are going to be as low as $7.99 each month.

You most likely know that any movies that you watch on a streaming device will not have the best quality.  That is because streaming is not going to do much for the quality of the movies and shows that you are attempting to watch.  However, when it comes to this option you are going to see that you will have better quality when you are using a streaming device like the playstation 3.  This has been found to have some very nice improvements that you can take advantage of and the movies are not going to look that bad.  It is certainly worth looking into if you are serious about streaming.

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VUDU

This is one more option that you can take advantage of if you are interested in streaming.  Keep in mind that this was just one more streaming device that came onto the scene in 2004 but it was not something that started to take off until 2007.  This is actually when they started to sign different contracts so that they would be able to stream more than 5,000 different movies to fans all over the place.  You use to have your own VUDU box if you wanted to use this service. But, that is not the case anymore.  Now you will find that they are going to provide services to certain HD TV’s, Blu-Ray’s and even PS3. This company is through to remain on the market for years to come as it was announced in 2010 that Walmart has bought out the company.

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HULU

More and more people are telling you that they really like HULU when it comes to streaming different videos that they are interested in seeing.  One of the nice things about this option is that you will be able to use this service for as little as $10 a month. That is one of the cheapest streaming services out there and you are going to have access to a lot more than you ever imagined.  There are a lot of people that will love this because they can watch television on their iPad, iPhone, computer, etc.  If you have missed your favorite show then you are going to be very pleased with this service.  Why?  Because you will see that you are going to be able to catch up on the show that you missed the day after it has aired.  This is a great feature of this service.

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Amazon Instant Video

This is Amazon’s streaming process. You will never be disappointed with this option.  In fact, when you look at the large selection that Amazon has to offer you, you are going to find more than 5,000 videos and movies that do not have commercials.  Those individuals that are serious about their television shows are going to find that it is always best to watch their shows when they are not full of commercials.  Now, you should know that if you want to be able to access the shows that you love all of the time then you will need to pay to be a member of Amazon prime.  This will cost you approximately $80 a month.  That is not a bad price when you consider the fact that you are going to be receiving more features other than just the ability to watch television shows.

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XMBC

You will be happy to know that this is a free media player application that you can use to download and watch most files.  Those that have an android would love this application because it is very easy to put on this device.  It was created in 2003 so you can rest assured knowing that the bugs have hopefully been worked out.  The individuals that have an HTCP will tell you that this application is very easy to use and work with while you are sitting on the couch and trying to catch up on your shows. For those with Apple TV – you will need to jailbreak the device in order to install it – see the “how to”.

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