The home entertainment industry of premier television is on the brink of a major shift due to recent changes and improvements in technology. Prior to the “smart TV” customers were limited in their choices when it came to deciding which provider and services to choose from while selecting their cable plan. If you were a bit more edgy and found alternatives watching your favorite shows on your computer, then you might have a leg up on today’s various options. But for most of us, we don’t want to sacrifice our big screen TV for a smaller display just to save some bucks, so what are the top ways to watch your favorite shows without having to downsize your TV?
First, it is important to state these options are based on the assumption that you have an updated TV that has built in Wifi connection services allowing you to connect to your internet provider. In addition, having a modern TV will many times include these streaming programs by default on your system, so understanding how to get the app if it’s not already installed may be another step you have to follow.
What you Need
- TV with Internet Connection Capability
- TV with Streaming Programs
- Service Subscription
About – Netflix began as a mail order service aimed at fast delivery, big selections and cheap prices. Battling against the brick and mortar stores such as Blockbuster and other movie rental giants, Netflix pioneered the way for streaming video. Early to adopt this new technology, Netflix began offering an even cheaper alternative to their already low prices by offering online streaming. Skip ahead to modern technology, and you will find that most TV’s have the Netflix interface built right into the TV console, making this choice a fast and easy way to switch your cable options.
Shows – While Netflix is better known for their great movie selection, many of the Network Television channels are not available for viewing. If you are looking for a long list of TV series titles such as Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, or Supernatural, then Netflix promises to offer hours of endless entertainment.
Costs – $7.99 to $11.99 netflix.com
About – Another popular online giant is Hulu, backed by commercials showcasing Alec Baldwin, this ad based service provider has various service packages to allow you to decide how much you want to pay, but also if you want to watch commercials or not. With more current selections of TV series and full season shows, Hulu offers the most comprehensive list of standard and cable television shows.
Shows – Boasting a huge selection of current series programs like Blindspot, Gotham, and the Voice, Hulu also offers it’s fair share of premier movies including Interstellar, The Martian, and so much more.
Cost – $7.99 (w/commercials) to $11.99 (no commercials) hulu.com
About – Amazon joined the online entertainment industry when they introduced their Amazon Fire TV. This service is similar to your standard cable service as it offers basic services, and premium packages that you can add on to boost your channel line up. It also provides direct rent options to watch your favorite new films simply by renting it and watching it through your TV device.
Shows – Including recent premiers such as Downton Abbey, The Americans, and the Walking Dead, Prime has tons of series to choose from. If you are looking to catch your favorite prime shows then opting in for Showtime, Starz, or even a more eclectic channel such as Nature Vision is only a click away.
Cost – Fire TV starts out at $99.99 for the TV equipment. amazon.com
About – When it comes to a more advanced system that combines all your entertainment needs without the hassle of scrolling and searching, Apple TV is the choice for you.
“ The new Apple TV is designed to take the work out of watching TV. Simply ask Siri to find something for you. Bypass all those confusing buttons with the swipe of your thumb. It is an experience that makes you feel like you’re directly interacting with the screen, even though it is on the other side of the room.” – Apple TV
Shows – apple.com/tv/entertainment
Cost – Depending on the amount of storage desired, the equipment ranges from $149.00 to $169.00.
So, if you are looking to save some money and have the latest “must see” shows and movies at your fingertips, then it is time for an upgrade.