Did you know that you can finally stream online content, like movies or you tube videos to your large screen TV without using a computer or having to buy some special box designed to do this? The internet TVs are out now as well as a new line of Blu-ray players that will do this for you as long as you have a broadband fast connection.
There are about 20 TVs selling for around $1000 and a half dozen Blu-ray players for around $150 that will stream online movies. All the newer TVs hitting the market will soon have the internet streaming feature and will be coming out sometime this year. And some tech people predict that all the newer Blu-ray players will have it on all their models. They will include this feature on the lower priced models too.
There are other electronic devices like the popular game boxes on the market that also have internet streaming features.
While one of these TVs or Blu-ray players don’t offer a full internet browser that can go anywhere on the net, it will allow the streaming of movies and TV programs from several online companies. You can watch videos from YouTube, news, sports, and more from Yahoo and watch some digital photos stored at selected online sites or enjoy music from internet radio stations. Of course movies and TV episodes will charge for a subscription or may be pay per view.
Streaming video is easy to setup for use on either the TV or Blu-ray player. Most services will give a good quality picture but don’t expect it to equal an HD Blu-ray disc.
When you are looking to upgrade your DVD player to a Blu-ray player you should consider one of the internet capable models or one that comes in a home theater bundle. The DVD players will get the same internet content as the TVs do. The benefit of going it this way is you get to tweak or adjust the TVs settings from receiving the content from a DVD player.
When getting a Blu-ray player for internet content look for a BD-live model. These models require a broadband connection but some also come with wi-fi which you can tap off your houses wi-fi signal. It’s worth the extra money if you can go this way and you don’t have a broadband cable connection where your entertainment system is setup.
Also be aware that each brand of TV or Blu-ray player has partnered with a specific streaming service. Your content will vary, so look for the services you’d like to have and then buy the player that carries them.
Once you hook up your TV or Blu-ray player to your network you’ll use your remote to to get to your apps. You’ll see some icons or widgets appear at the bottom of your screen. This is similar to widgets or icons on your computer but will be for the services that came with your device.
You will have thousands of movies at your fingertips. You can browse a library and order with just a few clicks. Fees vary but are pretty much the same as driving to your local video store. And no late fees! Some services offer a monthly fee, others with unlimited services.
Picture quality may be like standard definition and high def streams are more like DVD quality. As the equipment hits the market more and more we can also expect the services to improve in the not too distant future.
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