As a busy college student, I like to come home after a long day and unwind in front of the television. Ten years ago entertainment consisted of the movie theaters, VHS tapes, and cable television, our world is now a technological empire. Long gone are the days of basic television channels, because now we have HD and 3D TVS, video game consoles that stream Netflix, Hulu, and Cable TV. If you are a little behind on what other options are available, let me fill you in.
If you already have a DVD or Blue-Ray player that was bought within the past three to five years chances are they have a “smart” feature that allows them to connect to your Wi-Fi network to stream Netflix and Hulu.
There is a device out called Roku that can stream online videos from Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant. “Also if you want to watch Crackle, Vudu, PBS, Blockbuster on Demand, and more, Roku’s got it. Sports lovers will also find themselves with plenty of options, including MLB, NBA, UFC, NHL, MLS and more.” The newest model Roku 3 is for HDTVs only with features that include 750+ entertainment channels, plays 1080p HD Video, and a remote with headphone jack. This device is retailed at $99.99 with free shipping, the next best device is Roku 2 XD which plays on any TV priced at $79.99 with free shipping.
Finally for Apple lovers there is the Apple TV. This TV offers a lot of the same features as Roku but not the variety. However “if you use iTunes to buy movies or television shows, it’s easy to watch those on your TV with an Apple TV and just not possible on Roku. Additionally, the device supports AirPlay, which lets you turn your TV into a second screen for your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or even MacBook.”
So here are some options you can look into if you are interested in broadening outside of your basic cable service.