The advantages of video streaming services are hard to deny. Compared to cable, video streaming offers more flexibility in pricing, better device support and exclusive content that never airs on cable. It can be easy to assume that they offer more bang for your buck. However, abandoning cable completely without weighing the pros and cons, you may find yourself with a familiar problem of paying for more content than you actually watch.
For streaming services, you need basic requirements, including a reliable internet service provider as well as a WiFi router. Generally, experts recommend home internet speeds of at least 15 Megabytes per second (Mbps) for every device you plan to have running at the same time. So, for example, if you have three televisions playing at once, your internet speed should ideally be at 45 Mbps.
If you’re planning your smart home theater installation project, you might also want to start thinking of the streaming services that you want. These can include on-demand video services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. You will need to have a smart TV to access these services.
Alternatively, you can opt for subscription streaming devices, such as Amazon’s Fire TV Stick or Roku’s Streaming Stick. These devices plug into the HDMI port of your television and connect to the internet via your home WiFi network. They will work even if you don’t own a smart TV.
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