Advantages of Streaming
Friends and family are talking about streaming, but how do you get started?
- What is streaming?
- What Internet speed is recommended?
- What devices are needed?
- Popular streaming services
What is streaming?
Have you ever watched a YouTube video on your smartphone or a Netflix movie on your laptop? That’s streaming. It’s the way video and audio content is delivered over the Internet, and has become a popular way to watch TV.
Why? Because streaming lets you watch what you want, the moment you want to. You don’t have to wait for a download to finish, your DVR to record, or the show to come on the air.
Why do I need an Internet connection?
Streaming players or Smart TV’s need Internet access to stream content. For the best viewing experience a hard-wired Internet connection is recommended, and Jefferson Telecom can provide this connection. Otherwise for tablets, smartphones, etc. a wireless connection to your home network will be used by accessing your ONT or router.
|25 Mbps / 3 Mbps||Basic||Email & web browsing, streaming on 1-2 devices|
|50 Mbps / 5 Mbps||Social||Multiple users & devices, streaming with Ultra HD quality|
|100 Mbps / 10 Mbps||
|Multiple users & devices with excellent streaming Ultra HD quality|
|250 Mbps / 25 Mbps||Power||Fastest speed available for the ultimate viewing experience|
For a positive streaming experience, Jefferson Telecom recommends an Internet download speed of at least 50 Mbps. If you have multiple people in your household streaming at the same time one of our higher packages would be suggested. Jefferson Telecom does not recommend using mobile hotspots considering they are generally not as reliable as home broadband, and have data caps.
What devices are needed?
You can watch streaming movies and TV shows on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, HDTV, or “smart TV.” For example, you could connect your laptop to your HDTV with an HDMI cable and stream on your laptop and watch on the TV screen. If you have a “smart TV,” it has built-in apps (and app stores) and networking to get on the internet. You can use them to download most of the streaming apps you’d want.
If you don’t have a “smart TV”, no problem! A device such as a Roku stick or a Google Chromecast allows you to stream through your TV. Jefferson Telecom has a supply of Roku sticks available for purchase. Call Jefferson Telecom at 515-386-4141, option #4. Plus watch this video to show you how easy it is to setup your Roku stick in your home.
What streaming apps are available?
|Netflix (www.netflix.com)||Past seasons of TV shows, recent movies, along with original shows such as Stranger Things, Fuller House, etc.||1st Month Free|
|Hulu (www.hulu.com)||Next-day access to shows from ABC, NBC, Fox and CW along with some cable channels.||1st Month Free|
|Amazon (www.amazon.com)||Available to Amazon Prime members. Offers many TV shows and movies, and original content.||$119/year as part of Amazon Prime membership.|
* Jefferson Telecom does not offer any of the streaming services listed. This is strictly informational and company websites should be reviewed for specifics.
Call Jefferson Telecom at 515-386-4141, option #4 to see if your Internet speed needs an upgrade so you can start enjoying streaming from your home!