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Streaming Video 101

By: Westman Communications Group
Posted: January 26, 2023 21:18

Read time: 1 minute 

Summary: Video streaming is a technology that allows a user to view online video content over the Internet without needing to download the media files first. Read on for the how, what and why of video streaming! 

What is streaming video? 

Streaming video refers to entertainment delivered via the Internet rather than a traditional cable TV connection. 

What equipment do I need? 

To enjoy streaming video, you need the following: 

  • Fast and reliable Internet. 
  • A streaming device such as: 
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, or Roku Streaming Stick that is connected to your TV and Wi-Fi. Streaming devices include a universal remote control to sync with your TV. 
    • Smart TV that is connected to the Internet. 
    • Tablet, laptop or smartphone that is connected to Wi-Fi or data.  
  • A subscription to a streaming service or channel such as Netflix, Disney Plus, YouTube Live, Prime Video, or TSN. 

How do I subscribe? 

Subscribing to new streaming channels and services is simple. Once you have your streaming-capable device connected to the Internet and have set up an account, you can simply navigate to the app menu and select the desired service or channel to preview.  

Our TV members can stream some of their favourite programs anywhere, anytime, using GO Apps powered by Westman Communications Group. To explore your GO apps, you can log in to existing subscriptions using your WatchTVeverywhere login. 

For full instructions, visit Westman Go Apps: Instructions  

What are the benefits of streaming video? 

  • Cost savings. One of the main reasons people switch to TV streaming is to cut costs. Netflix is close to $20 per month and is one of the most popular choices for movies and binge-watching TV. Disney+ is a highly rated service for family-friendly content, costing $11.99 per month. But, if you have too many streaming services, you can also reach a costly amount. WCG’s Lite TV package is only $24.95 and offers stress-free streaming to some favourite channels & movies. You can also easily add extra channels or packages, including sports, to this package. Allowing all your content to be in one place.  
  • Convenience. Streaming TV lets you enjoy the services or channels you subscribe to in multiple places and on multiple devices. Unlike traditional TV, with most subscription streaming services, you can start a movie on your Smart TV at home, continue watching it on your smartphone while working out at the gym, and then finish it on your tablet out on your patio. Did you know, Westman GO apps allow you to do this? 
  • Skip the commercials. Many of the most popular subscription streaming services let you watch your favourite shows whenever you want and completely commercial free!   

What types of streaming services are available? 

  • On-Demand streaming. On-Demand streaming allows the subscriber to watch a selected movie or TV show whenever he or she likes. Many On-Demand providers allow viewers to pause, play, fast-forward, rewind, or rewatch shows as often as they like. Popular On-Demand providers include Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime Video. 
  • Live streaming. Live video streaming lets subscribers watch entertainment like local news, sports, and TV shows live. Features such as video recording, pause and rewinding vary by provider. Popular live streaming platforms include Twitch, YouTube Live, and Hulu Live. 
  • On-Demand and live streaming. Many providers with live streaming also offer On-Demand content. This means you can watch live shows as they are broadcast, go back and watch them later or browse On-Demand content to watch whenever you like.  

Have more questions? Contact our support team at 204.725.4300 or Toll Free: 1.800.665.3337 or visit our Support page.   

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