Viewers of decades past may be satisfied with their CRT television sets and analog signals to enjoy their favorite shows. Fast forward to today, and we’ve gotten a lot more advanced in terms of technology and the number of choices for TV watching.
If you frequently watch videos online, you may reach a point when you find your mobile screen too small to watch fan favorite Daryl Dixon fighting off zombies. The good news is that you can watch Internet video using a bigger television screen!
In this article, I will be featuring some of the best devices to watch online videos using a television screen, based on recommendations from CBC News.
Always an industry prime mover, Apple launched its video streaming device in 2009. Apple TV sparked the streaming-to-TV standard that many tech companies are now scrambling to follow.
Apple TV works as an intermediate between the TV and your home Wi-Fi network. The device connects to the television set using an HDMI cable. All you need to do is configure Apple TV to connect to your Wi-Fi network, and you’re good to go.
With Apple TV, you can view YouTube and Netflix videos, and browse through the photo and video catalog saved in an iOS device connected to the same network (via AirPlay).
Although it’s a relatively new player in the market, Google’s device allows viewing of online videos, searching online, and even online gaming. Because it’s a Google product, Nexus Player has access to the Play Store, where you can download movies and TV shows. That way, you don’t need to purchase separate TV packages to enjoy your favorite series.
This device has a fast and smooth user interface, and the remote function may be voice-activated.
Simply connect Nexus Player to the TV via HDMI cable, and use your home Wi-Fi to get online content.
The independent company behind this device designed Roku to be as feature-packed as Apple TV and Nexus Player. Roku can play videos from popular online streaming services, and connects to the television using an HDMI cable.
One unique feature of Roku is the headphone jack built into the remote control. This feature allows you to plug in a headphone so that only you can hear the sound of the TV.
A follow-up to the Xbox 360, this gaming console can also show online videos. This gadget from Microsoft has access to exclusive content (apps, movies, TV shows, and games). Use the included HDMI cable to connect Xbox One to the TV and start enjoying your online videos.
Similar to Xbox One, Sony’s gaming console can also project videos from streaming services to the TV. Playstation 4 is the most expensive gadget on this list, but its bevy of features – gaming, online video streaming, and playing Blu-ray discs – makes it a complete entertainment package.
Online videos have been increasing in popularity over the past years, and it doesn’t seem to show any signs of dying a natural death sometime soon. With more tech upgrades released in the market, it’s possible that the compatibility of TV sets with Internet video will allow viewers to enjoy television for a longer period of time.