Home entertainment – affordable and flexible
You don’t need a cable subscription to watch the latest movies, TV shows and live broadcasts. There are a variety of services that provide national and local content – all you need is a compatible device and a reliable high speed internet connection from SCTC. You can stream video on your laptop, mobile phone, tablet, smart TV and PC.
How to find shows and movies to watch
Most streaming video can be accessed through web sites and apps. Similar to apps you use for other services, streaming apps can be downloaded to your favorite video-viewing device. There are many options for free video content such as YouTube, PlutoTV and others. If you want better selection and viewing quality, paid apps offer an incredible variety of programming.
Please note that the cost for streaming services and devices are subject to change. Check with providers for the most recent pricing.*
|TV Streaming Service||Netflix||Hulu with Live TV||Disney +||ESPN +||Amazon Prime Instant Video||YouTube TV||Apple TV +||AT&T TV Now||AT&T Watch TV||Sling TV||FuboTV||Philo||Pluto TV|
|Best For||Original Programming||TV Fans||Movies and original content||Sports Fans||Amazon Prime Subscribers||Storage & Variety||Value and Accessibility||High Quality Picture||AT&T Customers||TV on a Budget||Soccer||Network Shows||Niche Channels|
Get the best connection – through streaming devices
You can use your PC, laptop, tablet, and even your phone to stream video and broadcast through a variety of websites and apps, but there are also devices specifically designed to stream your favorite programs directly to you. Once connected, these devices make it easy to find and access your favorite content, record shows and more.
Many smart TVs these days, especially those that support 4K and HDR, will likely come equipped with an internet connection and streaming apps available. However, if you don’t have a smart TV, or you’re looking for the best experience possible, a separate device might be just what you need.
Price: Prices vary
Best for: Direct Internet connection
Amazon Fire TV Cube
If you have an HDR-compatible TV and you want to use Alexa to its fullest extent, grab an Amazon Cube. Hook it up to your TV and enjoy 16 GB of storage. Plus, it’s 4K capable right out of the box.
Best for: Amazon Alexa Owners, Amazon Prime Subscribers
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Much less expensive but still just as great as the Amazon Fire TV Cube.
It has less robust Alexa capabilities and no storage, but you’ll have access to all the HDR/4K streaming functionality of the cube in a smaller, more affordable package.
Best for: Amazon Prime Subscribers, Cord-Cutters
Roku Streaming Stick +
Roku Premiere + is like Roku, but designed better and supports HDR and 4K.
This set hooks into your TV via a separate but included HDMI cable. You’ll then have access to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more.
Best for: Cord-Cutters on Budget, New to Streaming Tech
Google Chromecast Ultra
Google’s streaming plugs directly into your TV with no hassle.
Supporting HDR and 4K, you can access popular streaming services and Google’s Play Store, which has many more apps and services to choose from.
Best for: Fans of Google Products, Hands-Free
Apple TV® 4K
Apple’s popular Apple TV product now supports 4K and HDR. Plus, it also supports Dolby Atmos for a truly stellar sound experience.
You’ll have access to all the big streaming services, certain on-demand channels, apps, the ability to control everything with your voice via Siri.
Best for: Fans of Apple Products, iPhone Users
How fast should your internet be to stream video?
The speed indicated with each activity represents how much you will need per device if they are being used to stream video at the same time. It is important to note that the performance of your internet can also be affected by your Wi-Fi. Speeds and activities below are based on SCTC’s recommendations for highest quality of service.
|Type of streaming||Minimum speed per device**|
|Online education video streaming||15 Mbps|
|Netflix/Hulu/Amazon video streaming||25 Mbps|
|Ultra high def video/4K***||50 Mbps|
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**Speeds may vary by type of device and number of concurrent internet users.
***Recommended per streaming device.