This may be a surprising suggestion to hear from us, but it might be time to cancel your TV service. “Cutting the cord” is a growing trend as consumers look for ways to save money by eliminating television stations they do not watch and starting to stream. Turns out there are alternative ways to view most popular programs over your existing MetroNet internet service. There are “cord cutters” of all ages and you don’t have to be tech-savvy to do it.
So, what exactly is streaming? Streaming describes any video content delivered through the internet to a television, computer, or mobile device. This includes television programs, movies, short videos, documentaries, previews, and more.
Some streaming services, like Hulu Live, Sling TV, or YouTube TV, offer programming “live” as it airs. Others, such as Netflix and Hulu, provide access to a library of previously aired programs.
Many people use services such as Netflix or Hulu in addition to cable TV services; however, the growing trend is to “cut the cord” and cancel cable services altogether and stream everything instead.
Now that you know what streaming is, let’s talk about how to stream.
Smart TVs have streaming functionality built-in. If you have a Smart TV, you are ready to start streaming. If you don’t have a smart TV, you will need a streaming media player or device, which plugs into the HDMI port on your television and acts as a go-between for the streaming service and your television by pulling content from the internet and displaying it on your TV. The most well-known streaming devices are Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Google Chromecast. Some internet-accessible Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, and home theater systems can be used to stream content to your TV as well.
In order to watch shows on your streaming device, you will need to subscribe to the streaming service. Access these services either via the application on your television or on the app’s website i.e. Netflix.com or Hulu.com. Simply create an account, then input your personal and payment information. Once this is completed, just log in and choose the program you want to stream.
One more thing, you can stream even without a TV! Once you’ve selected the streaming service or services and have your accounts set up, just log in to the app’s website on your computer, or download the app on your mobile phone or tablet and stream away.
There are many things to consider when determining if streaming is right for you and we are here to help. MetroNet associates are well trained and available to help you identify the right streaming service to fit your needs and to ensure you have the right internet speeds to experience streaming at its best! New to MetroNet? Our installers are able to get your streaming up and running before they leave.
Streaming allows you to use your internet connection and a streaming service, such as Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu to watch popular television channels at a much lower cost!
As the trend of streaming gains popularity, many customers have questions about how streaming works and whether it is the right option for them. We have the answers and we are here to help! Post questions here, send us a private message, or call 1-877-407-3224 and let us teach you how to cut the cord and start streaming!
Streaming requires fast and consistent internet speeds – and MetroNet’s high-speed internet is the best way to deliver streaming services with the highest quality.
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