Streaming 101

February 5, 2018


By now you've more than likely heard the term 'streaming'. Some of us 'stream' all of our media while some of us are still trying to figure out what 'streaming' even means!


Streaming media allows you to watch shows, movies, and listen to music on devices that have access to internet. You can stream with your laptop, smartphone, desktop, tablet, game console, and more!


So what is it?

Let's start by saying streaming is different than downloading. When you download media (movies, shows, and music) you are storing this information on your device. You are able to access this downloaded content even when you're not connected to the internet. When you stream media you can enjoy it instantly with no download time. Media will also not take up  storage on your devices but it does require an internet connection.


It's easy!

You need three things to be able to stream your media: internet connection, a stream-ready device, and an app to stream your media from.


     - Internet Connection

       You have to have internet connection to stream media. You also need to be sure you have         the speed you need! The more devices on your network and the more activity on your                 network can affect your streaming experience. For the best streaming experience in a               multi-user household many recommend a download speed between 20-30Mbps or more.           Not sure what you're download speed is? Call us at 574-223-2191! Not sure what speed             would be right for you and your needs? We're happy to help with that as well!


     - Stream-Ready Device

        Most smart devices have the built-in capability to download streaming apps. Many even            come with popular streaming apps pre-downloaded! If you do not have a Smart TV and              wish to stream your media to your TV there are other options! The following streaming                devices plug into most TV's with a HDMI outlet. These devices can turn your not-so-                    smart-tv into a streaming genius!

        - Roku

        - Amazon Fire TV Stick

        - Apple TV

        - Chromecast

       RTC offers both the Roku and Fire TV in office. We're happy to help you with these                     streaming devices!


     - Streaming App

       Once you have an internet connection with the speed you need and a streaming device             you just need a streaming app! There are tons of streaming apps available. Some offer               free streaming media while others require a subscription. Some popular subscription                 based streaming apps include; Netflix, Hulu, PlayStationVue, SlingTV, and Amazon Video.         RTC has recently partnered up with PlayStationVue and we are happy to help you get                 started! If you're an RTC Cable Subscriber you also have access to many network                     streaming apps via WatchTVEverywhere! This is a FREE service offered to our cable                   customers!


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