Video Streaming: Technology
There are a number of hardware options for streaming high definition Internet video content to your home theater. We’ll assume that you already have a high-speed wireless Internet connection at home; we’ll list the ways you can use it in order of their simplicity.
- Smart TV: Some high-def and 4K televisions are designed to be so-called “smart TVs,” able to receive streaming Internet signals directly from your home network. In that case, you’re all set.
- Blu-Ray or Gaming Console: Many new Blu-ray players have the ability to tap into your Internet connection and receive streaming video that can be sent directly to your HDTV. Most newer video game consoles can do the same thing.
- Dedicated Boxes or Sticks: There are a growing number of hardware options which connect to high definition TVs to provide Internet streaming content. The most popular are Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV in the “set-top box” category and Chromecast in the “stick” category (a simple dongle that plugs into an HDMI connector and is controlled via smartphone or tablet).