Streaming video content from the Internet is an extremely popular way to enjoy current favorites and discover new shows or movies. However, the video streaming world is a pretty crowded place. As BGR reported, Amazon Video on Demand, complete with Amazon Prime, is now available on the Xbox 360, which means console owners now have even more options for their streaming needs. Determining which content provider is the right one for a specific set of circumstances can be a difficult task, as all the services have their advantages and disadvantages.
Streaming video to devices, such as tablets and smartphones, is a fairly simple process, but transforming that video into a gorgeous picture on the big screen requires a bit more insight. Digital media devices can quickly perform this task. Units like the Roku, Apple TV, and other devices can bring all sorts of programming right to the family television. Of course, many Blu-ray players and home video consoles also double as home media centers, which means many homes are already equipped for video streaming.
Evaluating programming can be confusing, because many services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime feature the same television shows in their unlimited streaming catalog. Since many unlimited companies feature a subscription, customers need to be careful they are not paying for access to the same shows and movies twice.
Apple’s iTunes is a great way to experience shows on the run, and Apple TV allows users to experience their entire iTunes library on a television. Amazon Video on Demand is a nice pairing with Netflix or Hulu Plus, because it offers access to movies that Netflix will only have available via DVD subscription and Hulu will not offer at all. Of course, other pay-per-view services, like the cable companies or Vudu, also provide nice pay per movie options.
In short, the video streaming world is packed with options. However, online video is not a blanket, because everyone has different needs and desires. A fair degree of research should be performed before downloading or purchasing any permanent show or movie, because a fractured library can be a pain at home. Finding the right balance between mobile content is also necessary, as Amazon Video on Demand is not available on Apple devices, and iTunes can not be played on anything but Apple devices. It takes a savvy buyer to avoid any replication, but like anything else tech related, practice usually makes perfect-at least on a personal level.