How streaming services have changed TV viewing


Dstv? Netflix? ShowMax? OpenView? Apple TV? YouTube? 

What to choose and where to watch, or what to get for what price? There’s just so much more choice than there was 5 or 10 years ago and people are watching TV more than ever before – luckily prices have come down too. The entertainment world is rapidly changing with an aggressive move towards streaming services. This means there is a greater need for smart TVs to accommodate video-on-demand.

Remember the days when we all used to complain about DStv being the only option, playing the same old movies and TV series. But things have changed, as long as you have a smart TV and an internet connection, you’re guaranteed to be entertained.

What tech do I need to stream?

All you need to start streaming video online is a smartphone, laptop, tablet, Smart TV, or Apple TV and an internet connection. You’ll also need to have the right apps installed. 

Using the relevant apps, you can start streaming instantly on your device once you’ve set up an account. If you want to watch on a larger screen though, you’ll need to have a Smart TV, an Apple TV or a gadget like Google’s Chromecast which plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. You can then use the ShowMax or Netflix app to cast shows directly to the TV via the Chromecast.

How fast does my internet need to be?

You should have a minimum speed of 2 megabits per second (Mbps), but an uncapped 4Mbps connection or faster is recommended for the best experience. With fibre to the home rolling out much more rapidly than expected, using streaming video services is likely to become a lot more feasible in the coming years. Data usage can be one gigabyte per hour or more, so make sure you’ve got a large data allowance or uncapped service.

What about sport and news?

There are two main areas that streaming video services just can’t beat: sport and current affairs. If you can’t miss the latest Premier League or Super Rugby matches, you’re never going to be satisfied with either ShowMax or Netflix. Likewise, you’re not going to have access to BBC or Al Jazeera for news.

However, for pure entertainment, series, movies, children’s programming and documentaries it’s well worth giving online TV a test run. Just don’t blame us if you waste the next three weekends in a row binge-watching Love Is Blind or YOU.

To enjoy this make sure you have the latest TV in your home.