As technology evolves, it is becoming easier and easier to stream content online. While it started as a hobby mostly limited to computers, it has spread to a truly incredible number of devices including smartphones, video game consoles, and even your fridge.
Some devices are suited much better for streaming than others, but each has its own purpose. There are times when you want to relax on the couch and binge-watch a silly show. A different situation might call on you watching your favorite team clinch a playoff spot while stuck out at dinner. Whatever the case may be, you can bet there is a device tailored to your situation, but that also means the options can be overwhelming. Let’s break down some of our popular streaming devices.
Home Entertainment Streaming
Most streaming devices in your home will be in the form of a smart TV or something plugged into your TV. As online streaming attempts to supplant cable television, many give you the option to keep your current home entertainment setup and ditch the cable box.
If your TV has wifi capability, chances are you can stream content from many of the most popular providers. If your TV does not have wifi capability, there is no need to worry. A laptop or computer can easily be plugged into your TV in most cases. Often, the most you will need is an HDMI cord, maybe an adapter as well if you have an older computer or TV. A video game console is another great option since many households already have some type of console, and they are already plugged into the TV.
Dedicated Streaming Devices
If you are struggling to find a device compatible with your tv or you want a device solely dedicated to streaming, there are tons of cheap options to immediately open your television to the online streaming world. Simple media players such as the Amazon Firestick or Google Chromecast can be found for as little as $30 in many cases.
While many of the devices discussed above are great for watching content at home, sometimes you want the same access while on-the-go. That is rarely a problem as virtually any modern day smartphone can access the most popular streaming content providers. While you may access it differently than you would on your computer, the functionality is usually the same.
Smartphones remain the top option for streaming content while away from home, but they are surely not the only option. Some may want a bigger screen and can opt for a tablet. Others may want the full functionality of their computer, leading them to watch content on their laptop as well. It is important to note, however, that you will need internet access to stream content. So while away from wifi, you will need to plan accordingly.
Ultimately, there is no shortage of streaming devices – most people already have one without knowing it. It comes down to preference and your personal needs as you select the device that is best for you.