Today's top electronics offer consumers variety of new apps and features. From flat screen TVs to video game consoles and Blu-Ray players, you can do some pretty fun things, even without your personal computer. Want to watch Youtube videos, update your Facebook profile or stream your favorite internet music station from your TV? You can do that!
Sony's Streaming Player with Wi-Fi is one way you can enjoy this technology at home. The player allows you to wirelessly stream your favorite TV episodes and movies in addition to accessing your music, photos, and video in 1080p HD via a wireless connection or USB. It even comes with an app that makes it possible for you to turn your iPhone or Android phone into a convenient remote control device.
Basic Types of Streaming Apps
It's hard to say what apps will be available in the coming months, as developers continue to find new ways of making technology more convenient for consumers. However, the following list of favorites can be found on a wide variety of devices. Many are available at no charge, though some apps may require cost anywhere from 99 cents to ten dollars, and some may depend upon subscription to related services.
Video Streaming Apps : You are probably already familiar with some of the internet's most popular streaming applications including Netflix, VuDu, Yahoo TV, Google TV, Amazon on Demand, Hulu, and YouTube. Access to these video-streaming applications may be available on your HDTV or Blu-Ray player in addition to your computer and smartphone.
Music Streaming Apps: Music streaming apps like Pandora and Rhapsody allow you to customize stations and listen to personalized music selections based on your personal preferences.
Social Streaming Apps: With social applications you can post updates to your Twitter and Facebook stream as well as share pictures with friends and followers from your TV, video game console or Blu-Ray player. Some devices also have apps for streaming Skype, giving you the opportunity to chat live via video with friends virtually anywhere in the world.
Photo Streaming Apps: Picasa and Flickr internet streaming apps make it possible for you to store and share your digital photos. By viewing albums right on your HDTV screen, you won't have to lug out the projector and screen like your parents and grandparents did.
Other Internet Apps: Many HDTVs make it possible for you to access other convenient internet-based content including local, national and world news as well as weather forecasts and updates. The specific apps available to you will depend on your device. But you can be sure that developers are constantly working to create newer and better apps for your streaming devices.
Things to Remember
All of your electronics will require an internet connection, of course. If the device is WiFi enabled, you can simply connect to your local home network's wireless modem according to your security settings. Otherwise, you will need to connect via Ethernet for your streaming internet apps to work.
You should remember that not all apps are available on all streaming devices. If you are hoping to use a particular streaming app, make sure it is available on the HDTV, streaming player, or Blu-Ray player you plan to purchase.