If you're looking for a new way to watch your favourite film or TV programme, streaming could be the ideal solution. It means you can instantly access entire seasons of shows, as well as huge libraries of films, all from the comfort of your own home - and with no adverts to irritate you. Here's everything you need to know.
What is streaming?
Streaming is when you watch video content over the internet. When you stream shows and films via services including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer and Now TV it is both safe and legal. You are watching the content there and then, via an internet connection – rather than downloading it and saving it for later.
Basically it means, as long as you have an internet connection and a digital device, you can watch your favourite TV show (or listen to music) at any time you want, pause it when you want and resume it when you want.
How do you stream to your TV?
When we say a digital device this doesn’t just mean watching via your computer or iPad. You can also stream your programme onto your TV - via a port - by connecting something like an Apple TV box, a Chromecast or a Firestick. For example with a Chromecast all you do is plug the USB cable into the back of your TV, set up an account that links to your phone, laptop or iPad and then anything you see on your phone screen will be mirrored onto your TV screen. This doesn’t mean you have to stop using your phone either.
If you have a set top box like Virgin, Talk Talk or BT (full list available here) you will also find apps such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Now TV which you can log into and watch straight away as if it’s simply another channel on your list. If you’re lucky enough to have a Smart TV you will have streaming apps available on your smart homepage or you might even have a red Neflix button on your remote.
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