September 28, 2015

OTT Devices

More and more TV watchers are looking for ways to get access to more content on their home entertainment systems via the Internet. The proliferation of “over-the-top” (OTT) devices suggests the volume of that demand is great. Unless you have purchased your TV in the last couple of years, most TVs weren’t “smart” so to get Netflix, YouTube or Hulu on your set you need an OTT device.

roku3There are many different OTT devices to consider. Blue-Ray players and Roku boxes were the first devices launched that allowed for Netflix on your TV.  Later, Apple launched AppleTV, Google deployed the Chromecast, and Amazon led with Fire TV. As the technology and software for these devices matures, more and more functionality is available.

chromecastHow does one decide what to do? Well like most consumer technologies, it depends on what you want to do and, in many ways, what you have to do it. Google’s Chromecast works well with a number of different applications, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube. It also works well with the Google Chrome browser, allowing you to share a Chrome tab window or the entire desktop. While that latter feature is still in beta production, it shows you the capabilities of this type of technology. Apple TV is similar except it works with Apple products, such as iPads, iPhones, and Mac computers, and works well with different applications such as Netflix and iTunes.

appletvStop by Solutions if you have questions or want to see how they work. We have all the devices setup for you to try. Connect to it with one of our devices or bring in your tablet, smartphone, or notebook computer to try each out on your devices and see which is the best for you. We are hear to help you and answer the questions that you come up with.