How do TV Streaming Devices Work?
All your friends are talking about Stranger Things, House of Cards, BoJack Horseman, and you can hardly understand why. The other day, you were surprised when you heard them praising The Man in the High Castle, talking about religion and about how it’s important to watch The Path.
Basically, you are starting to find yourself the weirdo who doesn’t understand anything about TV series. How could you have missed a single episode of the Daredevil? You even try to talk about the new series that you are seeing via cable television, but you feel “so last century” …
OK, so you don’t have a smart TV. You even try to explain that to your friends, but they don’t even care. Their only answer is: haven’t you ever heard about streaming devices?
What’s a streaming device?
A streaming device is a modern set-top box that delivers Internet and streaming content to your television set. In other words, you don’t have to buy a smart TV to watch Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Video. You just have a normal TV and plug it into a media streamer to enjoy all the features of smart TV:
- Supported Services - Almost all streaming devices support services like Netflix and Hulu. But only a few support these services in 1080p and 4K UHD.
- Web Browsing - Some digital media players come with Web browsers installed, which allow viewers to browse the internet.
- Controls – Media streamers come with a good variety of connection ports (even Bluetooth), which make it possible to use keyboards and another kind of controls.
- HD Resolution – Most streaming devices already play video files in Full HD and 4K UHD resolutions, but as it was said above, only a few support both resolutions when watching streaming apps.
- Video games – With a streaming device and all its portability, you can play Android video games.
- Video conference – And if you connect a webcam and a microphone, you can use your digital media player to video conference.
As you see, not having a smart TV isn’t much of an excuse for being an outcast…
How does it work?
Streaming devices are built to help you “cut the cord”; that’s why most of them are very simple to connect and operate:
- Connect the device to your TV with an HDMI cable.
- Connect it to the Internet via a wired or wireless connection.
- Explore the apps and download some more, if think you’ll need it.
Now that you’ve connected it and started to explore the apps that you have, you can begin to enjoy your new way of watching television.
Be it Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, Twitch, or Amazon, you just download the services you want, pay the fee (when applicable), choose a movie, a TV show, or a series, and watch it on your TV. This works much like installing apps on a smartphone or tablet.
Stop being the weirdo of the group. Refresh your television knowledge and share your opinions, viewpoints, and musings with your friends.
You also can start a blog and become a star blogger… Who knows?