To watch streaming TV, you need to have the capability to stream content via your internet connection. Streaming content is relatively new to NZ and is quite different from the traditional methods of viewing Free View – which has been connected to an aerial, satellite or through a Sky Box.
We can work through the requirements to help you stream content as we realise this can be quite confusing.
There are 3 things that you need to stream and watch content online.
The best internet connection for streaming is Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB). About 35% of NZ homes now have UFB. If your broadband connection is not UFB, it would likely be ADSL, VDSL or Wireless – all of which are fine for streaming content. Factors such as the level of internet traffic in your immediate suburb or street can impact service.
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Also, check what plan you have – it is best to have an Unlimited Bandwidth plan. Many ISP’s cap their plans and there may be additional charges if you are not on an unlimited plan.
Internet plans range from $69 to $95 per month. It is best to shop around for an internet plan that suits your streaming needs. You can compare providers with Broadband Compare.
A Device to Stream Content
Most people want to watch streaming content in the comfort of your own home. If you already have a Smart TV, we recommend connecting the tv to the internet via an ethernet cable. If this is not possible, a wireless connection from your modem will also work.
If you do not have a Smart TV, there are options to install devices to make it smart. If your TV has an existing HDMI socket that is not in use, we can connect an HDMI cable to your laptop or computer which also has an HDMI socket. HDMI cables start from $40
Another option is to use Chromecast – Chromecast is a low-cost option starting from $69. Chromecast can turn your non-smart TV into a Smart TV avoiding the need to replace your existing TV. Your TV, however, will need a spare HDMI port. Chromecast requires you to stream and cast content using your smartphone or laptop/computer.
For those not confident in using their Smartphones or Computers to cast, another solution we can offer is Freeview SmartVu. This device comes with all the free to air channels and apps like Netflix, Lightbox and built-in Chromecast. Chromecast uses an HDMI port and wireless internet. It comes with a handy remote control and is $139
If you require extra features that the other devices don’t have, then try the Dish TV Freeview Recorder – this is first PVR powered by Android TV™. It brings you great TV and movies you can watch, record and stream – all subscription-free. It has Chromecast built-in, so you can still cast Netflix from Android, iOS, Mac, Windows or Chromebook to your TV.
Gaming consoles such as Playstation and Xbox also have apps you can install to stream content.
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