How to Stream Movies on Your TV
Want to get more out of your home Internet?
How to Stream on Your TV
If you're wondering how to stream movies on your TV, there are several options available to you. With the help of Internet-connected devices such as smart TVs, streaming devices, and game consoles, you can access a multitude of streaming services and watch your favorite flicks. To get started, you’ll need a few things—most importantly, a reliable internet connection, a streaming device, and an account with your preferred streaming service. Once you have your streaming setup, you can browse and select your favorite movies and TV shows and watch them at your leisure. In this article, we’ll break down the different ways you can stream movies and shows on your TV and provide some helpful tips to enhance your streaming experience.
What Is Needed to Start Streaming?
To start streaming, the first thing you’ll need is a reliable Internet connection from a trustworthy Internet service provider. The Internet speeds you’ll need will depend on how you’re watching your shows, as well as how many people you have in your household. Generally speaking, speeds of at least 3Mbps are recommended for standard streaming. High-def streaming, meanwhile, requires a minimum speed of 5Mbps.
Your Internet will need to be faster to handle HDR and 4K video—generally, around 25Mbps. And for 8K content on YouTube or Vimeo, you’ll want Internet that runs at least 100Mbps to ensure smooth playback without buffering or interruptions. Consider your needs (and viewing preferences), then check out Optimum’s various Internet plans, which offer fast speeds for lag-free streaming.
Once you’ve determined which Internet plan best suits your needs, you’ll need a streaming device. On this front, you have a few options, such as Optimum Stream. It’s powered by Google and comes equipped with all of your favorite streaming apps. Plus, you can use it to download additional apps (and even games!) from Google Play.
Do I Need a Streaming Device With a Smart TV?
If you have a smart TV, there’s no need for a streaming device. Smart TVs come equipped with pre-installed apps that allow you to stream movies and TV shows from a range of streaming services. Many of them also allow you to browse the Internet and connect to other devices in your house, such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets. These features make smart TVs ideal for a streamlined, all-inclusive entertainment experience.
But don’t worry: You can still stream, even if you don’t have a smart TV. The most popular method is to use a streaming device, which connects to your TV with an HDMI cable. There are many different streaming devices on the market: Some are solely for streaming, while others boast additional features (like smart home integration or voice control programming).
Another option is to use your gaming console to access your streaming apps. Newer models from Xbox and Playstation allow you to access major streaming services, as well as other apps like Spotify and YouTube.
Another option for your streaming setup is Optimum TV. With this service, you’ll get access to a range of streaming apps, live TV, and cloud-based DVR. Plus, you can use Video on Demand to browse and watch over 20,000 TV shows, movies, and events. With your login credentials, you’ll also have access to the Optimum TV app. Download it to your phone or tablet to watch live TV or stream your favorites anytime, anywhere.
How to Start Streaming
Got your Internet, streaming device, and TV all set up? If so, it’s time to start streaming. Here’s how:
Plug in your streaming device or smart TV
First, plug in your TV and turn it on. If you have a smart TV, it’s already equipped for streaming, so you can proceed to the next step. If you’re streaming via a device, you’ll need to connect it to your TV (usually with an HDMI cable) and plug it in to access your streaming services.
Connect to the Internet
A fast, stable Internet connection is a must for a seamless viewing experience. Most streaming devices and smart TVs support both WiFi and wired connections. If you're using WiFi, select your network from the list of available networks and enter your password. If you're using a wired connection, simply plug in an Ethernet cable.
Sign in to streaming apps
Next, determine which streaming platform you want to use. If you have an Optimum TV subscription, you’ll get automatic access to 100+ apps with your Optimum account. Just download a Network App (or watch online), select Optimum or Optimum TV as your provider, and sign in with your Optimum credentials log to start watching—anytime, anywhere. (If you don’t have Optimum TV, you can create an account with the streaming platform of your choice and log in manually).
Once you've successfully logged in, you can go ahead and begin browsing the app's library of movies and TV shows, or use the device’s search function to find the show or movie you want to watch. Make your pick, grab the popcorn, and press play—it’s that easy.
Entertainment, Your Way
Having an Internet connection and device that allows you to stream at home opens up a world of possibilities—for not just you but also your family and friends. To make the most of your movie-watching experience, be sure to check out Optimum’s products and services that can take your home theater to the next level.
Ready to switch to Optimum?