As cable continues to rise in cost, channels originally offered are taken away one by one. We as customers are told “If you want to keep the channel, you have upgrade to the more expensive package.”
Between being told your cable is going up, and one of your favorite channels is no longer being offered with the package you originally purchased, is enough to make a person want to find alternatives to paying the costs. There are options to do just that very thing.
I found out Streaming Media Devices were the answer
I had heard of a couple of devices once they had been out for a couple of months such as Roku, Chromecast, etc, however was not sure how they worked, features one device offered the other one didn’t, and bottom line didn’t want to ask not knowing what folks would think of me for not being on the up and up on one of today’s finest technologies.
Once I did learn, I didn’t want others to feel the way I did so here is a little about the four most popular streaming media devices in the US….
Let’s start with Roku
Roku 3 currently ranks number one in the US. Over 2000 channels are offered, comes with a remote equipped with “private listening” feature as well as voice search feature, and has more apps to popular competing digital services due to not having music or movie streaming services of their own. What not having a service of their own means basically, a person is not limited by restrictions such as with Apple. I bought a Roku 3 of my own a little over a month ago and absolutely love it.
Amazon Fire TV
As of October 5, 2015 a new version of this device comes out and is going to be offering even more than it already does offer. High definition 1080p streams will now be able to be viewed on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and more without a 4K TV. Live TV is offered with this device with NBC News, AMC, A&E, Cartoon Network and even more. Alexa will be equipped on the Fire Voice Remote. This device will also equipped with over 800 games for those folks who are into video games like I am.
Google Chromecast is an inexpensive item, and there are a lot of apps offered on the device, however there are not many live streaming options for the folks who still want to be able to view their favorite channels. This device is basically for one who wants to stream every once in a while. There is rumor Google will be releasing a new edition of Google Chromecast September 29th, although not yet confirmed.
The new Apple TV which was introduced September 9, 2015. Thank goodness because the existing Apple TV was really due for a major upgrade. The current one is not for you if you don’t have iTunes as the Movies and TV shows offered are through iTunes. The new Apple TV will support iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and showtime at the beginning. There will be more apps added overtime, however there is no information at this time as to what apps that will be. Bottom line, if you want more apps than iTunes, wait for the new device to be released in October.
The big decision as to which device is for you is ultimately up to you, depending on features you as a customer wants his or her streaming experience to be. I hope the information I have shared has helped to inform you today on some of the streaming alternatives to pay cable that are out there. If there is anything I have not covered, or you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I will gladly get back with you.