As a consumer you have many hardware options for streaming video to your HDTV:
Your TV and the Network (Not What it Used to Mean)
Many HDTVs that have come to market in the last couple years are now network enabled and stream TV and movie content from select services. Take your time here and decide if the services and experience are worth it as part of the TV. In our experience we still prefer the abilities and flexibility of stand-alone streaming devices as an add-on.
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Streaming Set-top Boxes
A wide array of set-top boxes define a new consumer electronics category targeting this fast-growing segment tapping into online video content. Devices like those from Apple, Roku, Amazon, Google and more provide Streaming to TV at an affordable entry point.
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Video Game Consoles that Stream Video
Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a tremendous value, supporting Gaming, Blu-ray disc video, 3D Blu-ray movie and gaming capability, a web browser and Streaming Video capabilities!
Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 both offer gaming and streaming video support.
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Blu-ray Disc Players with Streaming Video
If you haven’t upgraded from a DVD player to Blu-ray disc, now may be the time as many players include streaming functionality and Wi-Fi for ease of networking. Blu-ray disc offers 1920 x 1080 Full HD video resolution and the latest audio technologies such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
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Other “connected” devices include TiVo DVRs and Home Theater PCs (HTPC) connected to the TV. A popular choice for HTPC’s is the Apple Mac Mini which can output any of it’s applications in full 1920×1080 resolution to your TV.
Streaming Video Over Wi-Fi
Consider upgrading the Wi-Fi network in your home to extend the ability to stream content to TV’s, set-top boxes, game consoles, Blu-ray players, computers and select mobile devices. For best results streaming video over Wi-Fi, look for a Dual-Band “N” Router.
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