All About Streaming Television

Herewith a briefing on all things “television” which is now called streaming video, Live TV, and a bunch of other things, including confusing.

For a friend, I recently took on the task of trying to provide an overview of this new, broadband world of streaming video. She has an older-model television and generally uses it to watch DVDs rented from Netflix. (Yes, Netflix does still maintain their original DVD rental-by-mail service; as of a year ago Netflix had 2.7M customers for that service, which is available for $7.99/month; I couldn’t find a more-recent customer number for 2020.)

I started with the devices that plug into a physical television. Your phone, tablet, and game consoles can also act as a “television”, for which you need to download an app and then review the streaming services themselves, which I review below.

Now onto devices that you plug in to get streaming video on your TV set:

Roku: Roku is a device that you buy from lots of places, this one from BestBuy for $40. Once you have the device, this is how they explain how it works. You buy it, plug it in, pair it to the WiFi network, and start using it. No service charge from Roku, but they do pass through the fee the service charges if you sign up through Roku. (If you already have Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, you just need to sign into your existing account.) It is most likely that your existing TV (Read more...)