What You Need to Know!
Wheatland Broadband does not offer television services, but we do offer internet plans capable of delivering streaming TV!
Streaming entertainment is easier and more complicated than ever. Here are a few basic facts and helpful tips to help you navigate the world of streaming.
- In order to stream movies and shows to a television, you need a device capable of connecting to the internet. Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Firestick, and Google Chromecast are a few examples of the options available to you. Most of these devices will walk you through set-up, asking for passwords for your wi-fi and for any streaming services to which you subscribe.
- Be wary of devices offering the ability to watch any or all TV programming for free after purchase. While there are several legal and free streaming applications, most people will need to subscribe to a paid service (for example: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc) to get access to the content they wish to watch.
- Some of these services offer live channels, some feature sports, others even have DVR functions. Luckily, most paid subscriptions offer a free trial, so it’s easy to shop around for a service that fits your needs. For those interested in keeping local channels, there are currently six streaming services that offer live local channels: Direct TV Now, Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and Youtube TV.
Streaming requires a wide range of internet speeds which vary by provider and picture quality. Most services list their requirements on their website. Here are some basic guidelines to give you an idea of the speed you might need:
- Standard Definition (480 pixels) picture quality typically requires 0.5 Megabits per second (Mbps) to 2.5 Mbps
- Hi-Definition (720 pixels) requires 3 Mbps to 6 Mbps
- Best quality Hi-Definition (1080 pixels) requires 3 Mbps to 8 Mbps
- 3D requires 9 Mbps or more
- 4K requires 15 Mbps to 25 Mbps (or more)