Beat Christmas boredom with TV streaming
With hundreds of channels and services at your fingertips, TV streaming makes arguing over what to watch at Christmas a thing of the past...
Arguments about what to watch on TV are something of a Christmas tradition. But streaming devices and Smart TVs deliver the best of the web – Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime to name a few – straight to your TV.
There are even options to watch channels like Sky Movies and Sky Atlantic without a contract, making it much easier to keep the peace on the sofa. There’s an option to suit every household…
1. Smart TV
In a nutshell: Get the best of Netflix and catch-up telly on your TV without a separate device.
Most of our latest TVs are ‘smart’, which means they can connect to your home Wi-Fi. You can stream Amazon Prime and Netflix to your telly without buying a separate set-top box.
You can also watch catch-up TV channels like BBC iPlayer, All 4 and the ITV Hub on your TV without any additional tech.
When it comes to buying a new TV, 4K models are becoming the norm – giving you up to 4 times the detail of Full HD. The good news? Amazon and Netflix both stream in 4K – all you need is the correct subscription package and the right TV to get started.
How to stream through your Smart TV
- Connect the TV to your Wi-Fi network (using the instructions in the device’s manual)
- Use the TV’s interface to download the apps you want to use, like Netflix or BBC iPlayer
- Log in to your account with your streaming service of choice
2. Streaming box
In a nutshell: Traditional set-top box option for breathing new life into your TV – whether adding Sky channels or Netflix streaming
Don’t have a Smart TV? You can still stream to your regular telly using a set-top box – provided you have broadband. Why not try Amazon Fire TV? It’s a Smart TV must-have for Christmas and beyond.
For Netflix and Amazon Prime – Amazon Fire TV is your guy. Whether it’s Maniac or Making a Murderer, if you want to watch the most talked-about shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime an Amazon Fire box is perfect.
Catch-up TV from iPlayer, All4 and ITV Hub is also available. Oh, and did we mention it’s all in super-crisp 4k ultra HD?
The Amazon Fire TV box supports 4K streaming as well as regular content – perfect for catching every single detail in startling clarity, whether it’s on Amazon Prime or Netflix.
3. Streaming stick
In a nutshell: The easiest, and most affordable, way to make your regular TV Netflix-ready
Streaming doesn’t get simpler. Plug one of these small sticks into the back of your TV and you’ll be watching Netflix in no time.
The third generation Google Chromecast is a top option.
Your phone or tablet acts as a remote. Simply find what you want to watch and hit the ‘cast’ button to send it your telly. Apps include Netflix, Google Play, iPlayer and Now TV.
Another popular option is the Amazon Fire TV stick, which comes with a separate remote control as well as working with a smartphone app.
Everyone hates buffering during their favourite parts of movies – but clever Amazon Fire tech means effortless and continuous streaming. Say goodbye to frustrating pauses during action scenes!
Channels include Amazon Prime, Netflix, iPlayer and other catch-up TV services.