Watch TV using streaming media

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Streaming media is video or audio content sent in compressed form over the Internet and played immediately, rather than being saved to the hard drive.. With streaming media, a user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Because the media is sent in a continuous stream of data it can play as it arrives. (Subscription fees may apply)

WARNING:
Streaming media uses a lot of internet data. Try to use a lower resolution setting (720p instead of 1080p) sometimes available in the app or your online account. (For example Netflix)

Next to the Over the air antenna and satellite TV you are also able to use streaming with the right equipment. This is what we use;

Samsung smart TV
Netgear Nighthawk AT&T router/hotspot (Any other hotspot will work)
OPTIONAL: Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote, a streaming media player

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this scenario, the Firestick media player is plugged into the TV and has a WiFi connection to the hotspot. Another scenario is to connect the Smart TV to the hotspot in case you do not have a media player.

While our TV is a so-called “smart” TV with built-in apps like Netflix, Hulu and Pandora, we chose to use a media player with more apps then our TV has. The media player has a built-in WiFi receiver that connects to the internet using your phone as a hotspot or, like in our case, a dedicated hotspot. To add a media player like the Firestick or Roku you need to have an HDMI port on your TV.

We chose the Amazon Firestick as that comes with more apps then the TV itself and an Alexa enabled remote. Another option would be the ROKU

The minimal option looks like this:

Smart phone
Smart TV

 

 

 

In this option your TV connects to your phone and your phone is configured as a hotspot.

 

 

 

Be aware that streaming uses a lot of data. The best options are unlimited and unthrottled plans. Read here how to limit data usage on NETFLIX:

How to connect to the internet will be discussed here:

 

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