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Well you have been through three steps now and congratulations by this time you should have your local channels all showing up on your TV. Not that you had to complete the previous three steps to pick up here at streaming TV, but it’s always nicer to have your local stations taken care of before you start having to deal with another new way of watching television. And this is a different way of watching television!
Streaming TV to me is the wave the future. Why would I say this? Mainly because broadband services are so available here in United States now and that new video streaming services seem like Netflix and VuDu popping up what seems like everyday the market is heading in the right direction. In the future it will just make more sense to me to be able to pay a subscription for a channel or a small group of channels that I watch rather than having to buy a bundle with a whole bunch of channels I don’t. So just for the sake of argument every time you get a cable or satellite bill now ask yourself the question, how much value am I really receiving from this?
If you’re like me the answer will come back not enough. That’s why I decided to go a different direction and go back to over the air television for my local channels and streaming for some of the other programs I get from cable. This is not to say that you can completely replace all the programs you might watch on cable or satellite, but you can replace a good chunk of them. In addition to this if I’m right about streaming being the wave of the future you’ll eventually be able to replace all of it.
As with the other three steps I’ll go over with you everything I did to set up streaming TV in my home. This won’t be a definitive compilation of resources by any stretch of imagination, because this area is changing so rapidly that it’s almost a full-time job just to keep up with it. Let’s get started and see if you’re ready for the coming revolution in television.
Beginning your streaming TV journey.
Like anything else being able stream TV into your home has its own set of parameters and requirements and the first those requirements will be answering the question “Is my Internet service provider capable of delivering streaming TV?” The answer to this question is probably yes. With that said though there are a number of small Internet service providers across the country that are not capable of providing the data speeds that you will be requiring. Let’s take a quick look at what you’re going to need and what speed.
Speeds required for different qualities of television.
- Standard definition 480p – 1 Mbps to 2 Mbps
- High definition 720p – 2.25 Mbps to 4.5 Mbps
- High definition 1080p – 4.5 Mbps to 9 Mbps
This is just one of the things you need to determine when choosing your Internet service provider. We will be covering more of this in step five.
The next decision you’re going to have to make is what type of equipment you’re going to parrot with your television set and believe me there is no lack of it out there. You can choose from Roku, Boxee, Apple TV and any number of Blue Ray DVD players on the market. Then again this may not even be of concern to you because you purchased a TV with all this included internally. If that’s the case then it is just a matter of hooking up to the Internet and completing your subscriptions. We’ll be delving more deeply into the equipment that is available in step 6.
Once you figure out what equipment you want to purchase then you move on to hooking it all up and sometimes this isn’t as simple as just plugging it in and turning on. Considerations such as should you go wireless or hardwire your equipment to your router is a question you will need to answer. There is a difference and in step seven we will show you exactly how we put ours together.
After step seven you should be completely up and running with your biggest decision being what do I watch next. We have added a step eight though which is more of a fun look into the future and what might be coming down the pike later on. This section will be both commentary and news items that we find interesting and pass on to you.
So let’s move on to step five and see if your Internet service provider is up to snuff.