Nowadays, many high definition TVs are able to gain access to the internet, giving them the additional functions of a computer. Your HDTV now allows you to browse the internet, check emails and stream media content from the internet, without needing any other equipment that you would traditionally need for accessing the internet.

streaming devicesIf you bought your HDTV a while back, it probably doesn’t have the inbuilt capability to access the internet. Do not despair – there are devices that you can plug into your TV, to give it the capability to stream.

There are 2 main ways to stream content from the internet:

Streaming to a PC

There are various steps involved when you want to stream content to your PC.

  1. Update the operating software of your computer before you start to prevent instances of incompatibility of material.
  2. Get a stable internet connection. If you’ll be streaming to a laptop, tablet or smartphone, buy one that has wireless receiver. Only use connections that are secure when streaming.
  3. Download the required application that will allow you to stream. Each company that provides streaming services has a unique application that allows the streaming service to interface with your system. For some of these companies, especially cable and satellite TV providers, you need a subscription to access their streaming applications.
  4. Once you have downloaded the application, launch it. Depending on the application design, you might need to log in or register. If it’s your first time using the service, you have to register. If you are using a private device, you can store the log in details so that you don’t have to keep logging in every time you want to stream.
  5. Provide all the information required by the application. For instance, information about your local address is necessary to determine the networks and programs enabled for viewing in your area.
  6. After you have successfully gained access to the application, you can select programs you want to view from the programming schedule. The quality of image you receive will depend on the quality of your internet connection.


Streaming Content to your HDTV with a Streaming Device

The TV will always be most people’s favored device for watching media content. Due to this, several streaming devices have to work with your TV. To enable streaming using one of these devices, do the following:

  1. Connect your smart device to the same network you connect your streaming device to. Enter the correct username and password.
  2. Select the correct ‘input’ mode on your HDTV such as HDMI, USB or others.
  3. You should be able to see a home screen upon turning on the streaming device. Certain streaming devices require a downloaded application for initial setup and pairing of your streaming device to your smartphone, PC or tablet.
  4. Enable network sharing on the streaming device, to allow it to communicate with your phone, tablet or PC.
  5. Under settings in your phone, tablet or PC, select the display settings. If you enable ‘mirroring’, everything on your phone will mirror on your HDTV display.
  6. You can then start streaming by activating the streaming icon in your streaming application or browser. Choose the option to stream directly to HDTV.

Harlan Klawansky is an IT technician for a cable company. His job involves corresponding with customers to give them options for internet streaming. Visit his site to compare DISH TVwith other streaming providers.