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Tips for Choosing a Streaming Media Player
by Sarah Matthias
There are a wide variety of options to choose from when deciding which streaming
media player to purchase. So, how do you go about choosing the right one for you?
What questions should you answer before making your purchase? Follow these
informative tips and you will be well on your way to picking the perfect player for your
#1 - Choose a streaming media player that is compatible with your TV and home
This is a biggie! If you choose a player that is not compatible with your current TV and
home theater system, you will end up with the hassle of having to return the player.
Is your TV a standard TV? Is it an HDTV? Does it only have 720p capabilities? Is it
capable of 1800p? Do you want to run your streaming media player through your
existing home theater system? Does your system have an HDMI input/output?
Be sure to check the specifications on each model you are considering. Some streaming
media players do not have a separate audio output, so you will be unable to run it
through your home theater system without doing a split. Some units only work on
HDTVs, and some only on standard TVs.
#2 - Choose a streaming media player that will fulfill your desires.
For what purpose is the player being purchased? Do you want to stream movies, TV
shows, music, or local TV programming? Do you want to eliminate your cable provider?
Are there any channels that you must have? Do you want to be able to stream your
personal photos, videos, or music from other sources onto your TV? Do you want to be
able to use the player for gaming? Do you want to be able to use your phone or tablet
in conjunction with your player?
Investigate the websites of the streaming media players you are considering. Check to
see the channels they offer that are free, ones that are paid, and how you might access
any private channels you may want to stream. Check out the benefits and features of
the players to make sure they are compatible with what you want to use them for. Find
out what exactly what you will have to purchase to make the player meet your needs.
#3 - Choose a streaming media player that is backed by great customer service and a
Check out the websites of the players you are considering and find out what type of
customer service and technical support they provide. Is the customer support free? Is
there a charge? Is there a per-incident fee after the warranty expires? Find out what
kind of manufacturer's warranty is included with the unit.
Some companies like Amazon.com offer extended warranties of up to three years for
streaming media players. Sometimes it is more beneficial to make your purchase
through companies such as Amazon.com because of their long-standing reputations.
About the Author
Sarah Matthias is a writer and editor who is passionate about teaching people how to
simplify and improve their way of life. In the ever-changing world of technology, she
teaches people how to de-clutter their home entertainment with her reviews of
the Roku 3 Streaming Player. Download her free streaming media player ebook to
discover how to choose the streaming media player that is best for you, and how to
protect your family against streaming unwanted content into your home.