Television started out as a luxury, but by-and-by, it has become more of a utility for most Americans. Up there with electricity, telephone and internet, it’s something many people don’t want to live without. However, when it comes to watching television, more and more folks (400,000 last year) are cutting their cable and opting for internet-based television for a fraction of the cost. It’s easy and cheap. All you need is:
- High-speed internet connection with a wireless router
- Over-the-top (OTT) streaming device.
There are numerous options for the latter, including, but not limited to:
The latest OTT device to cause a stir is called Chromecast. With the look of a USB memory stick and the heart of a Roku or Apple TV, it’s a gateway to content like Netflix, Hulu, Youtube and all the internet has to offer. And with a price tag of around $35, it’s not hard to get your hands on one either.
The catch? You need:
- an HDTV
- some device to control it (laptop, tablet, or smartphone)
Some say it’s lagging behind in the content department, although you’re able to mirror onto your TV anything you can bring up on your laptop (in your Chrome browser), so there seems to be a relatively easy work-around for almost everything. It started out as a Netflix and Youtube heavy device, but Hulu, Vimeo, Redbox Instant and others have recently jumped on the bandwagon.
To find the OTT device that’s right for you, check out this grid that outlines the features of some of the most common device options (click to enlarge):
Cordova Telephone Cooperative currently sells 3 versions of the Roku player and Apple TV. For more information, cnet.com is always a great resource, and you can also check out our website at ctcak.net