Today's top electronic devices offer consumers variety of Internet 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 music stations from your TV? You can do that with the help of Internet apps!
Streaming apps continue to evolve – something incredible is always coming out as app developers continue to find new ways of making technology more convenient for consumers. We’ve put together a basic list of streaming apps to help you understand the different types available. You’ll find plenty of free streaming apps out there, or you may opt to pay a little (anywhere from 99 cents to $10, or more) depending on what you’re looking for. Some apps also charge a subscription fee to use their services, so be sure to read all the details before signing up and downloading anything.
You’re 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 like Pandora, Rhapsody and Spotify allow you to customize stations and listen to personalized music selections based on your personal preferences.
With social applications you can post updates to your Facebook and Twitter stream as well as share pictures with friends and followers directly from your TV, video game console or Blu-ray player. Share your photos on Instagram, pin to Pinterest or send a snap on SnapChat. Some devices also have apps for streaming Skype, giving you the opportunity to chat live via video with friends virtually anywhere in the world.
Photobucket and Flickr 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.
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.
A few additional things to remember:
Before you go searching for the best streaming apps, remember that all of your electronics will require an Internet connection. If the device is Wi-Fi enabled, you can simply connect to your local home network's wireless modem according to your security settings. Otherwise, you’ll need to connect via Ethernet for your streaming apps to work.
Remember that not all apps are available on all streaming devices. If you’re hoping to use a particular streaming app, make sure it’s available on the HDTV, streaming player, or Blu-ray player you plan to purchase.