With so many developments in technology in the past decade, it makes sense that even television, and how we watch it, has gone through some updates that you should know about.
What is ‘streaming’?
(computing) The transmission of digital audio or video, or the reception or playback of such data without first storing it.
Without getting too technical, streaming allows you to watch television and movies on demand, using an internet connection, without needing to save the show or movie somewhere. Some services you may have heard of that provide television and movie streaming are Netflix, Stan and Presto. There are also streaming services that provide music on demand, such as Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora.
These streaming services put your favourite movies and television shows in your grasp, at any time. Want to watch Frasier from the first episode again? You can do that. Interested in seeing “Driving Miss Daisy” once more? You can do that, too.
How can I use streaming?
You can utilise these services on your computer, smartphone, tablet and TV – as long as they have an internet connection. Many newer televisions are internet-capable and can connect to your internet via WiFi or Ethernet Cable, and are known as “Smart TVs”. With this internet connection, you can connect to streaming services straight from your TV.
For televisions that are not internet-capable, there are devices available that connect to your TV through the HDMI port. Chromecast and Apple TV are good examples of these, and they allow for you to view different streaming services all through one interface.
What are the benefits of streaming?
Streaming does not have advertisements, but instead comes at a low-monthly subscription cost – generally around the $10 mark. For that one cost, you can view as many TV shows or movies as your heart desires. It comes with the convenience of being able to watch anything, anytime, without interruptions. It also allows you to watch movies and shows that may only be available internationally under normal circumstances. As a point of comparison, movie rentals from Blockbuster or the local video store (which are fast going out of business) cost about $6 per film for a new release. In terms of convenience, price and availability – streaming services cannot be beat.