If you're a new cable or satellite television subscriber, you might be wondering about the latest products on the market that could enhance your viewing experience.
Forgot to record your favorite television show before you left for work? No problem. On the road, but want to watch a show you recorded at home on your DVR? You can do that too. New devices, like Slingbox, allow you to remotely watch your favorite programming, or you can use mobile apps to change your DVR settings from your phone. Other devices, like Roku or Apple TV, give you the opportunity to watch streaming live internet video on your television screen.
Slingbox is a sleek device that gives you the ability to watch your favorite television shows or movies on your computer, mobile phone, tablet or on your television screen. It can serve as an archive for your cell phone videos and photos, which can be viewed on your HD television screen right in your own living room. Slingbox is wirelessly connected to high-speed internet. Using a mobile app, you can watch your cable or satellite television shows anywhere and also record them. A Slingbox costs generally around $180 to $300, depending on the model.
Netflix is a popular internet subscription service that revolutionized the way people now watch television shows and movies. For a price as low as $7.99 per month, Netflix members can watch hundreds of movies and television shows instantly on their computers, mobile devices or Smartphones. There are several devices that allow members to stream live programming from Netflix to their big screen in their living room, including Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3 gaming systems; Blu-ray players; several home theater systems; digital video recorders and Internet video players, like Roku and Apple TV.
Hulu Plus provides unlimited streaming movies and television programming to your television for $7.99 a month. If you missed a recent episode of your favorite network show, you can catch up with the series on Hulu Plus. You can watch your favorite shows on television using your gaming system, or watch them on the go using your Smartphone, computer and tablet. It offers thousands of titles and hundreds of current and past television shows.
Apple TV provides movies, television shows, music, your photos and more on your television screen. You can also play any content, like home videos, from your mobile phone or tablet on your television. The device costs $99.
Roku, which allows you to stream Internet video from providers like Netflix and Hulu Plus onto your widescreen television, starts at only $50. It's an affordable way to watch movies and television programming, as well as surf the Internet and access your favorite social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
TiVo devices allow you to access both your cable television and Internet service with one remote. The digital video recorder can record live television, allowing you to skip commercials, and watch Netflix, Hulu Plus and other subscription services. You can access TiVo from your Smartphones and mobile devices using a free TiVo app. Costs vary from $150 to $400, depending on the device and its offerings.
Smart TV remotes: Your humble but reliable television remote has gotten smarter. An example, the LG Magic Motion remote, which includes a mouse cursor to help you navigate through various screens. Other remotes operate much like a computer and offer touchpad technology that you control using your finger. Both Panasonic and Samsung, among others, offer touch pad television remotes.
If you recently became a new cable or satellite subscriber, it may be the perfect time to research technology that would enhance your viewing experience both inside and outside your home.