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Understanding Streaming Devices

Whether you want to binge watch your favorite show or live stream tonight’s big game, now’s a great time to buy a media streaming device. But with so many options, where do you start? Check out this guide to understanding streaming devices.

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All-in-one
Streaming DVR

Internet Connected
TV

Stick Style

Set Top Box

Stick Style

Set Top Box

Gaming Console

TiVo’s come a long way and really packs an entertainment punch. This all-in-one DVR offers live TV, voice remote, access to Netflix, 4K capable, super smart searching machine.

Features You’ll Love:
  • Live, Record & Stream: Watch TV however you want to–live, recorded or stream.
  • Voice Remote: Say it. See it. Control your TV by talking.
  • SmartBar®: See what’s recommended to watch based on what YOU like.
  • 4K Ultra HD: When you want to watch a 4K show, TiVo is 4K-ready.
  • Multi-Room: Easily expands to any room in your house.

TiVo

Type of Streaming Device: All-in-one streaming DVR

Record 6 shows at once, pause live TV, speed up a show with QuickMode, search across apps, recordings and live TV at the same time, watch Netflix, Hulu, YouTube right on your TiVo (no switching inputs) and it’s Alexa compatible.

A Smart TV can access the internet via WiFi, whereas a normal TV cannot. Some Smart TVs have the ability to run apps that come built into the television. They are pre-built to automatically connect to your home WiFi.

Features You’ll Love:
  • WiFi: Built-in support.
  • Standalone: No additional equipment needed.
  • Apps: Most popular apps available to launch with the push of a button on your remote.
  • Share: With most smart TV’s, quickly cast or “fling” photos, videos, music, and more from your favorite device right to your TV.
Smart TV
Type of Streaming Device: Internet Connected TV

Equipped with an Ethernet port and built-in WiFi support, Internet Connected TV’s deliver your streaming services straight to your TV set without the help of extra equipment.

Visually light and simple to use stick-style streaming devices allow you to use your mobile device as a remote to access various streaming services.

Features You’ll Love:
  • Stream: Stream from your device to your TV. Just like that.
  • Share: Simply cast or “fling” movies, shows, and more from your smartphones and tablets to your TV screen.
  • Voice: Use your voice to stream apps like Netflix, mute the volume, rewind, and more.
  • Mirror: Give your laptop a bigger screen. With some stick-like devices you can mirror and stream videos, photos, music and more to your TV.

Google Chromecast

Type of Streaming Device: Stick-Style Device

Usually the size of a USB flash drive, stick-style devices deliver your favorite entertainment by connecting to the HDMI port on your existing TV.

Whether you’d prefer a set-top box or stick-style device, Roku is a light weight choice for streaming TV. Access thousands of streaming services, with a wide range of features and a user friendly experience.

Features You’ll Love:
  • Choice: With the largest number of paid and free streaming services to choose from, Roku offers entertainment for the whole household
  • Voice: Control your Roku by enabling voice search with the Roku app on your phone
  • Listen: Listen to TV without disturbing the rest of the family by using the remote control headphone output
Roku
Type of Streaming Device: Set Top Box

Enjoy the latest Netflix original through a set-top box streaming device that connects to your TV using an HDMI cable.

Popular among Alexa fans – Amazon Fire TV comes in three models – a Fire TV box, the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube. No matter the style you can be sure to receive all your favorite streaming services delivered through your enTouch Internet.

Features You’ll Love:
  • Voice: Use Amazon’s Alexa voice recognition platform to search for your favorite shows and movies hands free
  • Game: In addition to popular streaming services, Amazon Fire offers a number of fun games to play
Amazon Fire TV
Type of Streaming Device: Stick-Style Device

Usually the size of a USB flash drive, stick-style devices deliver your favorite entertainment by connecting to the HDMI port on your existing TV.

Not only will Apple TV connect your TV set to a variety of top streaming services but this set top box will also play additional content directly from your other Apple devices (like your iPhone!) to your TV screen through Airplay.

Features You’ll Love:
  • Voice: Voice search commands through Siri
  • Mirror: Mirror your Apple device (iPhone, IPad, Mac) to your TV with Apple AirPlay
  • Clear Picture: The ability to support 4K Ultra HD and HDR video
Apple TV
Type of Streaming Device: Set Top Box

Enjoy the latest Netflix original through a set-top box streaming device that connects to your TV using an HDMI cable.

Gaming and TV? What could be better!? Play the latest action game and access live TV streaming services like Sling TV all from one place.

Features You’ll Love:
  • Clear Picture: Supports 4K Ultra HD video
  • Share: Cast your favorite entertainment from your computer to your gaming console by downloading the Movies & TV service from Microsoft’s app store
  • Double entertainment: Enjoy gaming and TV all in one device
PS4
Type of Streaming Device: Gaming Console

Many gaming consoles like PS4 offer a variety of streaming services through their app stores.

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