How to stream like a pro: Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku
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How to stream like a pro: Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku


– So, I’ve never paid
for cable but I’m still able to watch everything that I want to. A bunch of TV shows, movies. I’m watching Westworld on HBO right now. You probably already know this, but you save a ton of money by streaming everything you want instead of paying for cable. And I’m not talking about
pirating things either. Going the streaming route, lets you be a lot more selective about what you get, and what you don’t. And that can save you a bunch of money. The average cable bill
is over $100 a month, but there are some decisions to make, especially if you get a lot of channels. It’s not as easy as
just calling up Comcast and Verizon and asking
them to turn your service. But if you’re thinking of going the streaming route, the fact is that you don’t have to miss out on a lot, and you can save a lot of money. Okay, so first, we need
to talk about hardware. But before we even get to streaming, one thing you should know is that you can still get a number of channels for free using a digital antennae. Seriously, it’s legal
and it’s like 20 bucks. But, this is old school TV. It’s in order, with ads. There’s no DVR, no on demand. So, that’s really helpful because it’s free and always available, but it’s not going to be as convenient as streaming. Alright, so what do you need to stream? You already know how to do it on your phone or your computer, but the real goal is to
get these shows on your TV. And, if you already have a smart TV, then you’re basically set. If you have something that can play Netflix or Hulu, or has an app store that lets you
download those apps, then you’re good to go. And if your smart TV is really confusing, then don’t worry about it. Everybody who doesn’t have a smart TV, like myself, you’re just going to have to buy a streaming box. And, that box will probably have a better, easier interface. I’ve got a Samsung TV from 2012 with absolutely no smart features. And so to get streaming, I have two boxes hooked up to it. I have an Apple TV, and a Chromecast. You don’t need both, I’m just a nerd. The Chromecast is super cheap. It’s like $35, but it
doesn’t have an interface. Seriously, you turn it on and there’ just nothing. You control it all through your phone. So, it’s a little confusing and I really wouldn’t recommend
it for most people. My favorite is the Apple TV. I don’t even have the newest one. My model is from 2012,
and it still works fine. If you have a 4K TV though, make sure you get the newest model. And if you’re not a big Apple fan, Roku also makes some really
nice streaming boxes. All of these devices will let you stream whatever service you want, you’ll just have to go and look for it. You’ll usually have to browse app by app to see what’s available, which can be a little slow and frustrating if you’re used to live channel surfing. But I definitely prefer it. It’s certainly quieter. And that’s pretty much it. The next step is to pick which services you want to pay for. But, before we get into that, let’s talk for second about why streaming services are so complicated. Because, they’re supposed to be a dream. Where you pay for just what you wanted and nothing you didn’t. It’s really not that at all. Sure, you can subscribe
to Netflix and Hulu on their own, but that’s
just like HBO and Starz. They’re basically premium cable channels, that stand on their own. And, yeah, you can rent anything you want from iTunes, but that’s basically just a modern DVD store. If you actually want
to stream traditional, live TV, then you’re still going to be stuck with a bundle. Why is that? The problem is TV is expensive, and TV networks know they can make more money by
selling channels together. So, Viacom might require your cable provider to offer MTV,
BET, and VH1 together. Even if it just wants MTV. Do that over and over and over again, and suddenly, you’re at the 200 some channel cable package you have today. Streaming TV isn’t that bad. It still has bundles,
but streaming services know that consumers are
looking for smaller packages, and so they don’t get too out of hand. But it gets tricky when
you bring in sports. Sports are really popular,
and really expensive, and rights for them usually end up spread across a bunch
of different networks. That means streaming
services have to out of their way to get certain
games, and you’ll have to go out of your way to make sure you pick the services that have what you want. Alright. So what services should
you actually subscribe to? What’s too much, and what’s too little? Right now, I’m subscribed to Amazon, Hulu, and HBO and I’m mooching
off of Netflix account. Between those, I have
access to most of the TV shows people are talking about, and some huge back catalogs to watch. I actually don’t think any one service is amazing for movies, so I like to rent them off of iTunes. They’re like three to five bucks a piece, and just doing that once a week, is still going to be cheaper than subscribing to another service. OK, so that works for
me, but what about you? What if you’re watching a ton TV shows on a bunch of different channels? Are you still gonna be able to go the streaming route and save money? The answer is, probably, as long as you’re watching stuff on major networks. Hulu has a live TV service with 50 some channels for $40 a month. Sling TV offers even smaller packages. One starts at $20 and comes with a bunch major channels you might not be missing out on a lot, including
AMC, ESPN, and CNN. AT&T says it’s going to start an even cheaper service at $15 a month. Being able to choose from smaller plans is a really great opportunity to figure out which channels actually need, and pare down on the ones that you don’t. All of these streaming services are available on the streaming boxes I was talking about earlier. They’re going to be more expensive than just paying for Netflix or Hulu, but the point is that you don’t have to limit yourself to just
these newer streaming services. You can still get old fashioned TV, and you can do that while spending less than you would on cable. OK, but the big question is sports, and yeah, with steaming services, that can get complicated. It’s going to depend on what sports you care about, which
teams you’re following, and where you live. If you’re fine with just watching some primetime and playoff games then any streaming service that just provides the major broadcast networks and ESPN will probably get the job done. Most sports leagues offer their own streaming services, so if you’re really serious about catching everything, you should check those out. But, just keep in mind, they’re pretty expensive and they have a lot of restrictions on them, like game blackouts. So, be sure to read up on
that before you sign up. And keep in mind, if you
get a digital antennae, like I mentioned earlier,
you’ll probably have the network that’s
broadcasting your local team. So, that covers TV, movies, sports, and the streaming boxes
to watch it all on. There might be a little bit of a learning curve at first,
but it’s really not that hard. And in the long run, you’re
going to be saving money. You won’t miss out on any of
the seasons biggest shows. Hey, thanks for watching, this part of our new series, Workflow. Let us know what you
thought in the comments, and be sure to check out our
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100 Comments

  • Robert Youshock

    Knew most of this already but I really appreciated you putting together a video on this that is very shareable and easy to send off to a parent or such.

  • Steven Mancera

    What if you want to cord cut but you're outside the US? Also what if you want to watch US channel Live TV?

  • Nacho Teso

    I really don't get why you say Chromecast is confusing. Is just one button, and the Home app let's configure it easily. It's main problem is when services do not integrate it, but nothing you can't salvage by using Chrome desktop. So basically one button on mobile and one button on desktop and that's it. Apart from that, good video and I really liked the VHS tapes explanation.

  • Adrial Dyett

    Chromecast is confusing…? Really…!!!? To whom…? You have to be kidding.
    It's actually one of the most user friendly devices out there. I'd encourage anybody to invest in one especially when one considers its price point.

  • michael macfarlane

    The only box worth buying in Canada is Apple TV. I’m sure an argument could be made for the chrome cast as well.

    Roku is a joke here. Literally only use is Netflix and YouTube. Canada is so far behind when it comes to streaming video content.

  • Praveen K

    Chromecast is super fun and easy. Better than slow navigation on TV interfaces. And no mention of Android TV? Lol. Video is incomplete.

  • Topher S

    Given the increasing amount of popular original and exclusive content on streaming services (requiring separate subscriptions) and the proliferation of streaming options I think the industry is approaching critical mass. Many people cut the cord to save money, but the cost of multiple services can easily approach that of a cable bill. Plus they come with a lot of content a customer may not want just like cable. If the industry is able to successfully make room for successful new services then the prices will need to come down. That will affect the budgets and quality of original and exclusive content. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out and if only a few mega-players (like the voracious Disney media empire) will dominate the streaming landscape.

  • Francisco Javier Alvarado

    What about Android TV? YouTube TV? Amazon prime video? Amazon firestick? Chromecast difficult to use?

  • Amandeep Singh

    Chromecast is a fooking scam, why should you pay extra for a proprietor streaming Dongle when you already have Miracast which is built-in every other WiFi certified device only to be disabled by Google after Android 4.2.2 jfc they wanted to sell their fooking Dongle. Manufacturers have to take an extra step to enable that feature but it is disabled on AOSP because of which Phones with Vanilla Android don't support Miracast which is "free" by default, Of course you can enable it by rooting your phone and changing the built.prop files but the conveniency of simply casting from your phone is no longer available because big company wants to sell you their proprietor product despite there being a free l alternative? Sounds like Apple doesn't it?

  • Jeffrey Woodin

    Apple TV 4K box is amazing. Love it. Have Sling, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and a few others. LOVE YouTube content, what I watch most of the time, but the YouTube app does SUCK!! Does not even use Apple user interface. I also have a Tablo Dual connected to an antenna, that give me 25 local over the air channels as well! And I can DVR them as well!! With the 2TB hard drive I plugged into the Tablo Dual I have 1500 hours of recording time (if comes standard with 50GB) 🙂 The cool thing is it all plays back through the Tablo app on Apple TV (or Roku). Check it out https://www.tablotv.com Dumped DirecTV….now have more to watch, a better picture, saving $$$ monthly and have a better user interface too on my 10 year old 52" Sony 🙂

  • Brayan Espinoza

    Definitely correct about sports. I wanted to watch the Champions league final yesterday and although normally those games are aired on FS1 or FS2 this time they decided on ESPN. However for some reason ESPN was only broadcasting the game on their Spanish ESPN Deportes. I had to create a new sling account and download the ESPN app on Roku and enter my information just to watch it. I don’t understand why?, my package includes those channels but for same reason it wasn’t working and ESPN Deportes wasn’t showing on my channel guide. It’s just one more example that everything has consequences and these are the consequences of cutting cable.

  • Mizosoop

    OK! So, I had Hulu for the longest, using someone else's Netflix, and I also had Amazon Prime for a year. I dropped Hulu for about a year, which was kinda' sad. But, then I had to just download individual apps on my iPhone and iPad for: CW, ABC, NBC, FOX, Freeform, Syfy, and TBS. Seriously annoying, BUT, it worked. Hulu doesn't have certain shows from certain networks. Netflix can sometimes get stale. Amazon is a serious repeat of the other streaming services. And I have only ever downloaded like two movies from iTunes. I HATE waiting for downloads. When I want to see something else newer, I find other ways to stream. The thing that's funny to me is that I have no need for CBS. Like, really? I don't watch ANYTHING on CBS? Guess not. I think the last shows I remember watching on the network were like, Cybil and Frasier. Lol. If Frasier was even on that channel. I'm thinking about Youtube TV. Sounds interesting. Forgot to mention we still have cable because of where we live. But, I watch everything on my Mac and mobile devices. The one channel I haven't figured out is Disney. Who has the Disney Channel (XD, Cartoon Network, Boomerang)??? I wouldn't pay for cable if we moved. The main TV stays on Disney and the Xbox. Lol. I have a ten year-old kid.

  • berto luera

    Android mini PC/Tv stick is the best way to go, it turns your tv into a large tablet controlled by a mouse & keyboard. You can get a cheap one for about $35 but I recommend spending a little more… Everything you do on a smartphone you can do on your T.V. (Android)

  • Albert Johnson

    Glad I’m in the UK, to get Live TV on freeview and sky you just need a TV License (not that anyone likes it, but I think it’s better)

  • Sebu

    So funny hearing Americans explain that FTA is free and in fact legal 😂. Boy the cable companies really have brain washed you guys over there.

  • Anonymous Freak

    Okay, I seriously LOLed at Hulu being on a Betamax tape while all the others are VHS. A bit of prediction there?

  • Mark Cruz Jr.

    It's 2018, we don't need tv interfaces when apps and mobile exist! Just make TV's with BUILT IN ANTENNAS ANS CASTING OPTIONS FOR ANDROID AND APPLE! Done and DONE!

  • Jayme Nelson

    Awesome video, guys!! Keep up the awesome work. For me personally, I watch YouTube, Netflix, and HBO Now. I also have Amazon
    Prime but I rarely ever use that. I’m also tempted to sign up for Hulu- I did the trial and loved it but don’t have the time and money for all of them.

  • Jonathan Kim

    You forgot to mention one of the best options: get a streaming box, then find someone with a traditional cable package and share their cable login. If you don't want to mooch, you can offer to split the cost.

  • Afif Soussi

    just install PopCornTime on a PC or android Box , or Cast it from the phone.
    it will give you free acceess to ALL shows and movies for free.

  • Michael Mangum

    Confused how this is streaming "like a Pro"… Casting to a TV is confusing? How inept do you think the audience is? Also, digital antenna does have DVR and can be conveniently re-watched on free, popular, user friendly services like Plex… Unimpressed by this one

  • Bobby Mendoza

    Netflix+Hulu+Sling(w/ESPN) and then HBO and Starz for when shows we want are airing.

    We also have the digital antenna for local tv. I find that the digital antenna’s HD feed is actually better than cable.

    Cutting cable tv out of our life has been amazing. Been paying Comcast 130 dollars for channels we don’t even watch. Then when we cut the cord, we just pay 39.99 a month with Verizon Fios.

  • Sleepy Sartorialist

    Lol Market St

    Dude…why are you renting stuff on iTunes when the opportunity cost means it’s cheaper to buy it??

    You forgot Tennis channel in sports. Yes. People care about that too. Duh.

  • Haag Johnson

    My family has Hulu, amazon prime movies, Netflix, cable tv, hbo stars, and more.
    Yet, I don’t have access to any of them :/ lmao

  • Ddd Kkk

    Had TV or cable in 2011. Cu it t all off after wife died and never missed it. Realized I really could care less about sports.

  • 7531monkey

    Does your router have a cord? Does your cable modem have a cord? Does your tv have a cord? Not cord cutting, kids.

  • thempyreans

    My Vizio "Smart tv" (I have Netflix that works fine.) does not have an option in settings for Screen Mirroring. Will getting a Chromecast allow me to screen mirror my (more han capable) Note 4 onto the tv?????

  • Ahmad Sulaeman

    Hey guys, some help here please, I'm buying either a Roku TV Stick or a Fire TV Stick this Black Friday, so I'm running out of time.

    I like the Roku TV interface, it looks simple and nice, I also like the headphone jack in the new Roku remote, but my only problem with Roku is the lack of an AirPlay app, I even tried searching in private channels with no use, it's a pretty closed system.

    On the other hand, Amazon's Fire TV is simply a branded polished version of the Android TV OS, so this opens up a world of apps.

    Please help me decide, I'm not into Amazon's ecosystem, or wish to buy any of the so-called "Home" accessories, I just want a device to watch Netflix, normal YouTube, stream movies from my NAS, mirror the screen of my Android or iPhone mobile.

  • Bloodol

    I love the amazon firestick because I can connect my bluetooth headphones to it and watch tv where no one else can hear. It's good for watching TV at night.

  • xiam19

    Yea you need both if you got iPhone. Chromecast is for streaming from Google photos app. And Apple tv is for mirroring your iPhone

  • william wallace

    i don't trust anyone who doesn't have a Smart TV in the year 2019. C'mon Man, how did they even let him do this segment

  • MaZEEZaM

    WOW that tv must be HUGE. Fortunately I don't care about sports, but I still have Netflix, Amazon Prime and now looking at Apple tv as the SEE program looks good, I also rent movies every so often via Google Play.

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