The most popular video streaming players are the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku
Internet download speeds of
5 Mbps for HD video (1080p)
25 Mbps for UHD video (2160p/4K)
are general minimum requirements (and also Netflix recommendations), although higher speeds will help meet requirements of other streaming services that use different video file formats and compression and/or don't automatically adjust video quality to maintain uninterrupted streaming.
Multiple users streaming high-definition video or other simultaneous high-bandwidth usage (such as web-based gaming) will obviously require proportionately faster download speeds.
Streaming HD video inside the home requires faster and better quality local network connections than are needed for lower bandwidth tasks like music streaming and Internet browsing.
While HD video might be successfully streamed over Wi-Fi under optimal conditions – using a high-performance wireless router over shorter distances with wireless-friendly home construction and minimal interference – there are other network options that may be a better choice than Wi-Fi for a particular location
Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu are the three most popular paid subscription services for Movie and TV streaming and have the most content.
HBO Now and Showtime are a few of the newer services to come online, and more new services (and partnerships between services) will be available.
Sling TV offers more traditional live TV channel viewing as an alternative to cable and satellite TV. For an additional fee you can get the Cloud DVR service which allows somewhat limited recording (50 hours) of Sling programming, but unfortunately Cloud DVR functionality is not available on all channels.
Although Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku players all come with handheld remotes, you can also control them with apps available for most Android and iOS phones and tablets.
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