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pHow to stream like a pro: Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku So, Ive never paid for cable but Im still able to watch everything that I want to.

How to stream like a pro Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku

A bunch of TV shows, movies. Im watching Westworld on HBO right now. You probably already know this, but you save a ton of money by streaming everything you want instead of paying for cable. And Im not talking about pirating things either.

Going the streaming route, lets you be a lot more selective about what you get, and what you dont. And that can save you a bunch of money. The average cable bill is over 100 a month, but there are some decisions to make, especially if you get a lot of channels. Its not as easy as just calling up Comcast and Verizon and asking them to turn your service.

But if youre thinking of going the streaming route, the fact is that you dont have to miss out on a lot, and you can save a lot of money. Okay, so first, we need to talk about hardware. But before we even get to streaming, one thing you should know is that you can still get a number of channels for free using a digital antennae. Seriously, its legal and its like 20 bucks. But, this is old school TV.

Its in order, with ads. Theres no DVR, no on demand. So, thats really helpful because its free and always available, but its not going to be as convenient as streaming. Alright, so what do you need to stream? You already know how to do it on your phone or your computer, but the real goal is to get these shows on your TV.

And, if you already have a smart TV, then youre basically set. If you have something that can play Netflix or Hulu, or has an app store that lets you download those apps, then youre good to go. And if your smart TV is really confusing, then dont worry about it. Everybody who doesnt have a smart TV, like myself, youre just going to have to buy a streaming box.

And, that box will probably have a better, easier interface. Ive got a Samsung TV from 2012 with absolutely no smart features. And so to get streaming, I have two boxes hooked up to it. I have an Apple TV, and a Chromecast. You dont need both, Im just a nerd.

The Chromecast is super cheap. Its like 35, but it doesnt have an interface. Seriously, you turn it on and there just nothing. You control it all through your phone. So, its a little confusing and I really wouldnt recommend it for most people.

My favorite is the Apple TV. I dont even have the newest one. My model is from 2012, and it still works fine.

If you have a 4K TV though, make sure you get the newest model. And if youre not a big Apple fan, Roku also makes some really nice streaming boxes. All of these devices will let you stream whatever service you want, youll just have to go and look for it. Youll usually have to browse app by app to see whats available, which can be a little slow and frustrating if youre used to live channel surfing.

But I definitely prefer it. Its certainly quieter. And thats pretty much it.

The next step is to pick which services you want to pay for. But, before we get into that, lets talk for second about why streaming services are so complicated. Because, theyre supposed to be a dream. Where you pay for just what you wanted and nothing you didnt. Its really not that at all.

Sure, you can subscribe to Netflix and Hulu on their own, but thats just like HBO and Starz. Theyre basically premium cable channels, that stand on their own. And, yeah, you can rent anything you want from iTunes, but thats basically just a modern DVD store. If you actually want to stream traditional, live TV, then youre still going to be stuck with a bundle.

Why is that? The problem is TV is expensive, and TV networks know they can make more money by selling channels together. So, Viacom might require your cable provider to offer MTV, BET, and VH1 together. Even if it just wants MTV.

Do that over and over and over again, and suddenly, youre at the 200 some channel cable package you have today. Streaming TV isnt that bad. It still has bundles, but streaming services know that consumers are looking for smaller packages, and so they dont get too out of hand. But it gets tricky when you bring in sports. Sports are really popular, and really expensive, and rights for them usually end up spread across a bunch of different networks.

That means streaming services have to out of their way to get certain games, and youll have to go out of your way to make sure you pick the services that have what you want. Alright. So what services should you actually subscribe to?

Whats too much, and whats too little? Right now, Im subscribed to Amazon, Hulu, and HBO and Im mooching off of Netflix account. Between those, I have access to most of the TV shows people are talking about, and some huge back catalogs to watch.

I actually dont think any one service is amazing for movies, so I like to rent them off of iTunes. Theyre like three to five bucks a piece, and just doing that once a week, is still going to be cheaper than subscribing to another service. OK, so that works for me, but what about you? What if youre watching a ton TV shows on a bunch of different channels? Are you still gonna be able to go the streaming route and save money?

The answer is, probably, as long as youre watching stuff on major networks. Hulu has a live TV service with 50 some channels for 40 a month. Sling TV offers even smaller packages. One starts at 20 and comes with a bunch major channels you might not be missing out on a lot, including AMC, ESPN, and CNN.

ATampampT says its going to start an even cheaper service at 15 a month. Being able to choose from smaller plans is a really great opportunity to figure out which channels actually need, and pare down on the ones that you dont. All of these streaming services are available on the streaming boxes I was talking about earlier.

Theyre going to be more expensive than just paying for Netflix or Hulu, but the point is that you dont have to limit yourself to just these newer streaming services. You can still get old fashioned TV, and you can do that while spending less than you would on cable. OK, but the big question is sports, and yeah, with steaming services, that can get complicated. Its going to depend on what sports you care about, which teams youre following, and where you live.

If youre fine with just watching some primetime and playoff games then any streaming service that just provides the major broadcast networks and ESPN will probably get the job done. Most sports leagues offer their own streaming services, so if youre really serious about catching everything, you should check those out. But, just keep in mind, theyre pretty expensive and they have a lot of restrictions on them, like game blackouts. So, be sure to read up on that before you sign up. And keep in mind, if you get a digital antennae, like I mentioned earlier, youll probably have the network thats broadcasting your local team.

So, that covers TV, movies, sports, and the streaming boxes to watch it all on. There might be a little bit of a learning curve at first, but its really not that hard. And in the long run, youre going to be saving money.

You wont miss out on any of the seasons biggest shows. Hey, thanks for watching, this part of our new series, Workflow. Let us know what you thought in the comments, and be sure to check out our new channel, Verge Science. How to stream like a pro: Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku So, Ive never paid for cable but Im still able to watch everything that I want to.

A bunch of TV shows, movies. Im watching Westworld on HBO right now. You probably already know this, but you save a ton of money by streaming everything you want instead of paying for cable. And Im not talking about pirating things either.

Going the streaming route, lets you be a lot more selective about what you get, and what you dont. And that can save you a bunch of money. The average cable bill is over 100 a month, but there are some decisions to make, especially if you get a lot of channels. Its not as easy as just calling up Comcast and Verizon and asking them to turn your service. But if youre thinking of going the streaming route, the fact is that you dont have to miss out on a lot, and you can save a lot of money.

Okay, so first, we need to talk about hardware. But before we even get to streaming, one thing you should know is that you can still get a number of channels for free using a digital antennae. Seriously, its legal and its like 20 bucks.

But, this is old school TV. Its in order, with ads. Theres no DVR, no on demand.

So, thats really helpful because its free and always available, but its not going to be as convenient as streaming. Alright, so what do you need to stream? You already know how to do it on your phone or your computer, but the real goal is to get these shows on your TV.

And, if you already have a smart TV, then youre basically set. If you have something that can play Netflix or Hulu, or has an app store that lets you download those apps, then youre good to go. And if your smart TV is really confusing, then dont worry about it. Everybody who doesnt have a smart TV, like myself, youre just going to have to buy a streaming box. And, that box will probably have a better, easier interface.

Ive got a Samsung TV from 2012 with absolutely no smart features. And so to get streaming, I have two boxes hooked up to it. I have an Apple TV, and a Chromecast.

You dont need both, Im just a nerd. The Chromecast is super cheap. Its like 35, but it doesnt have an interface. Seriously, you turn it on and there just nothing.

You control it all through your phone. So, its a little confusing and I really wouldnt recommend it for most people. My favorite is the Apple TV. I dont even have the newest one. My model is from 2012, and it still works fine.

If you have a 4K TV though, make sure you get the newest model. And if youre not a big Apple fan, Roku also makes some really nice streaming boxes. All of these devices will let you stream whatever service you want, youll just have to go and look for it. Youll usually have to browse app by app to see whats available, which can be a little slow and frustrating if youre used to live channel surfing. But I definitely prefer it.

Its certainly quieter. And thats pretty much it. The next step is to pick which services you want to pay for.

But, before we get into that, lets talk for second about why streaming services are so complicated. Because, theyre supposed to be a dream. Where you pay for just what you wanted and nothing you didnt. Its really not that at all.

Sure, you can subscribe to Netflix and Hulu on their own, but thats just like HBO and Starz. Theyre basically premium cable channels, that stand on their own. And, yeah, you can rent anything you want from iTunes, but thats basically just a modern DVD store. If you actually want to stream traditional, live TV, then youre still going to be stuck with a bundle. Why is that?

The problem is TV is expensive, and TV networks know they can make more money by selling channels together. So, Viacom might require your cable provider to offer MTV, BET, and VH1 together. Even if it just wants MTV. Do that over and over and over again, and suddenly, youre at the 200 some channel cable package you have today.

Streaming TV isnt that bad. It still has bundles, but streaming services know that consumers are looking for smaller packages, and so they dont get too out of hand. But it gets tricky when you bring in sports. Sports are really popular, and really expensive, and rights for them usually end up spread across a bunch of different networks. That means streaming services have to out of their way to get certain games, and youll have to go out of your way to make sure you pick the services that have what you want.

Alright. So what services should you actually subscribe to? Whats too much, and whats too little? Right now, Im subscribed to Amazon, Hulu, and HBO and Im mooching off of Netflix account.

Between those, I have access to most of the TV shows people are talking about, and some huge back catalogs to watch. I actually dont think any one service is amazing for movies, so I like to rent them off of iTunes. Theyre like three to five bucks a piece, and just doing that once a week, is still going to be cheaper than subscribing to another service. OK, so that works for me, but what about you? What if youre watching a ton TV shows on a bunch of different channels?

Are you still gonna be able to go the streaming route and save money? The answer is, probably, as long as youre watching stuff on major networks. Hulu has a live TV service with 50 some channels for 40 a month.

Sling TV offers even smaller packages. One starts at 20 and comes with a bunch major channels you might not be missing out on a lot, including AMC, ESPN, and CNN. ATampampT says its going to start an even cheaper service at 15 a month.

Being able to choose from smaller plans is a really great opportunity to figure out which channels actually need, and pare down on the ones that you dont. All of these streaming services are available on the streaming boxes I was talking about earlier. Theyre going to be more expensive than just paying for Netflix or Hulu, but the point is that you dont have to limit yourself to just these newer streaming services. You can still get old fashioned TV, and you can do that while spending less than you would on cable. OK, but the big question is sports, and yeah, with steaming services, that can get complicated.

Its going to depend on what sports you care about, which teams youre following, and where you live. If youre fine with just watching some primetime and playoff games then any streaming service that just provides the major broadcast networks and ESPN will probably get the job done. Most sports leagues offer their own streaming services, so if youre really serious about catching everything, you should check those out. But, just keep in mind, theyre pretty expensive and they have a lot of restrictions on them, like game blackouts. So, be sure to read up on that before you sign up.

And keep in mind, if you get a digital antennae, like I mentioned earlier, youll probably have the network thats broadcasting your local team. So, that covers TV, movies, sports, and the streaming boxes to watch it all on. There might be a little bit of a learning curve at first, but its really not that hard. And in the long run, youre going to be saving money.

You wont miss out on any of the seasons biggest shows. Hey, thanks for watching, this part of our new series, Workflow. Let us know what you thought in the comments, and be sure to check out our new channel, Verge Science.p

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