Once upon a time, if you wanted to see a movie, you went to the theater and sat in a cozy chair in front of a mega screen. As the years passed, those movies became viewable at home through laser discs, VHS tapes, and later on DVD.
But today, media lovers might have found happily ever after with streaming. The on-demand trend has become so popular that millions of American households are dropping cable or satellite service and instead, relying on smart TVs, streaming devices, and apps to catch that must-see television show whenever -- and wherever -- it's most convenient. Although streaming has been around for a few years, new product offerings and services make the decisions tricky.
Before subscribing to a streaming service, buying a device, or investing in a smart TV, make sure the way it works is a good match for your home and life.
Key considerations: Is the system compatible with other products you already have, including Android, iOS devices, Apple mobile, or a gaming console? Do you need to store content, and if so, how much space is available? What apps are compatible with your device? And finally, and perhaps most importantly, is your favorite regular programming available on your streaming service? The catalog of television programs and movies varies.
There are a growing number of ways users can stream content onto their televisions.
There are even more devices and products on the market to help you stream content. Be sure to do your homework to get the combination of products and services that works best for you.
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