How Streaming TV Work, Recommended Streaming Services and more

How Streaming TV Work, Recommended Streaming Services and more

Fri, Apr 23, 2021 4:07 PM

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Streaming TV is digital media that are distributed over the internet rather than via a cable or a dish on the roof. Stream on a TV, tablet, computer, laptop, or anywhere you want, with no hassles—all you need is a good internet connection.

The majority of online TV services follow Netflix's on-demand model, though a few have branched out into live TV streaming, which mimics the cable/satellite experience.

What is on-demand TV streaming, and how does it work?

On-demand subscription television is programming that you can watch whenever and wherever you want. It's not "live," so you won't miss it (though there's very little live programming these days that isn't available on demand).

When Netflix pivoted from renting DVDs by mail to on-demand streaming TV monthly subscriptions in 2007, it effectively introduced the on-demand streaming TV monthly subscription model. Hundreds of on-demand streaming services, both paid and free, have launched since then.

What kind of internet and streaming devices would I need?

You'll need an internet connection to watch live or on-demand TV. To stream content without buffering or bugs, most providers recommend at least 3–7 Mbps (megabits per second) internet speed, but we recommend 25 Mbps as the minimum.

Recommended internet plans
Verizon Fios Home Internet (200–940 Mbps)
AT&T Fiber (100–940 Mbps)
Xfinity Internet (15–1000 Mbps)

What is the reason for this? Every day, we're all online multitaskers, doing things like web surfing, gaming, downloading music, watching TV, and more all under one roof, through one router. Multiple devices and connections need more speed, such as scrolling Instagram, cranking up Spotify, and watching your favorite movie series.

The importance of streaming devices cannot be overstated. Although most smart TVs and Blu-ray players can stream some services, the interface and software selection can be cumbersome. A standalone, dedicated unit, such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV, is recommended because they're designed for streaming and simply function better.  

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We recommend AT&T TV to most families because it is ideal for them. You have access to a broad range of outlets, including children's programming, news, lifestyle programming, and sports. You'll also get a limitless DVR room with YouTube TV, so no one in the family will be fighting for storage space.

To top it off, AT&T TV is reasonably priced, making it one of the best streaming services available.

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