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How Do I Get HD And 4K Streaming At Home?

There’s a whole new world of movies and TV shows streaming on the Internet, but many people with HD or 4K TVs don’t realize how much they’re missing. As long as you have WiFi in your home you can connect via Smart TV, Blu-ray, video game console or inexpensive interfaces. You’ll have no idea how you lived so long without streaming video in your home theater.

You’ve heard water cooler talk about Internet TV shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, or you’ve discovered that some of the new films you want to watch are only available on Amazon or Netflix, or you’re searching for a plentiful source for movies which will show off what your brand-new 4K TV can do. You can’t put off the inevitable any longer – it’s time to set up your television or home theater to receive streaming content. (Obviously, you’ll need an HDTV or 4K TV to watch high-def or 4K streaming, respectively.)

Even if you’re not sure where to begin, you probably know what streaming video is; it’s content (that is, movies or TV shows) transmitted directly over the Internet and not on traditional cable or satellite channels. That’s an important starting point, because it tells you exactly what has to be done: find a way to bring the Internet into your HDTV and control what’s displayed. Here’s the way to do it.

Smart TV

If you’ve purchased (or are about to purchase) what’s called a smart TV, you should be in luck. These HDTVs and 4K TVs have built-in Internet connectivity, so as long as you have WiFi in your home you can “put your television online” the same way you would with a tablet or phone. Most also support wired Internet connections. From there, simply access Netflix, Amazon, Hulu or your streaming video provider of choice (you’ll have to pay them to subscribe, in most cases) from your TV menu, to get access to tons of HD and a growing amount of 4K streaming content.

There’s one caution: although most smart TVs support all major streaming services and add new ones from time to time, some older models don’t. Make sure the service you want is available on a smart TV model before buying it.

Blu-ray Players and Video Games

Many of the latest Blu-ray players on the market offer streaming video capabilities, so once you’ve hooked up the player to watch HD or 4K movies on your TV or monitor, you can also access most popular video streaming services as well.

Similarly, newer video game consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One let you receive Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services on the consoles and feed them directly to your TV. Older PS3 and Xbox 360 systems have the same capabilities, but the streaming video may not be as reliable.

Set-Top Boxes and Dongles

For most consumers, a simple Internet interface is the easiest way to receive streaming video content. Those interfaces fall into one of two categories, set-top boxes and dongles.

Set-top boxes are just what their names imply. They sit on top of and connect to your TV via HDMI cable, and you control them with a remote. Roku 4 is the most popular, but Amazon Fire and AppleTV are also widely used. Check to be sure the box you choose can receive the service you want; these days, most are pretty good about that but there are exceptions like not being able to watch Amazon’s streaming on AppleTV. Boxes are all in the $60-120 range.

Dongles, also known as sticks, perform almost the same way but plug directly into an HDMI port on the TV and are controlled by smartphone or tablet. Google Chromecast is the cheapest at about $25 and has fewer features, but purely for streaming it’s just as good as the Amazon Fire Stick or Roku Streaming Stick which cost $40-50.

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Best Internet Streaming Services

It would be great to have access to all Internet streaming providers, but since you have to pay for each one you’ll probably have to choose one or two. Netflix has the widest selection of exclusive HD TV shows and movies, Hulu is the best to watch back episodes of current network and cable TV programs, Google Play has a good selection of new HD movies but you have to rent them (ditto for Vudu but for older movies), Amazon has the most family-friendly programming and as an off-beat choice, Vevo is the closest you’ll come to the old MTV (and it’s free, too). 

4K content is slowly coming to all of the services, but Netflix is the best current source; all of its own TV shows are shot in 4K and it has a growing number of 4K feature film titles. Amazon and Vudu are adding new 4K movies regularly (Vudu also supports Dolby Atmos sound), and 


DTV Installations Receives Coveted Status As Lutron Platinum Dealer

Owner John Lysy is pleased to announce that DTV Installations has been received recognition as a Platinum Dealer for Lutron Electronics, the leading company in the lighting control industry. Lutron is revered for its enormous selection of high-quality smart home lighting controls and systems.

As a Platinum Dealer, DTV Installations is now able to offer clients more flexible pricing options, and bigger discounts, than ever before on Lutron products. On large projects, DTV is now also able to offer free design and installation services.

Very few companies are able to quality for Platinum Dealer status. It requires five unblemished years in business – DTV Installations has been operating for 15 successful years. It requires a minimum of $500,000 in retail sales – DTV Installations has far surpassed that level, due to the number of high-end projects requiring extensive experience and knowledge that we’ve completed. And it requires having mentored smaller companies in the industry, which we’re proud to do on a regular basis.

DTV Installations is honored to have been named a Lutron Platinum Dealer, and we look forward to passing on the many benefits of this status to our valued clients.