There are so many names and certain types of Media Streaming Units that you can use to stream audio and video over the internet. Today, there are a lot of streaming units that appear in the market and they all do a pretty good job in streaming audio and video services. But, the question is, what really are this Media Devices and how does it work? And why should you get one?
A media streaming unit is a device that connects your television or home theatre to the internet and allows you to stream video and music from online services. They are attached in an HDMI cable directly to your television and also your internet connection but other media streaming units already has built in Wi-Fi or wireless network connections. You can view photos or videos that are stored in your local network. It also allows you to stream music by using streaming players that is stored on your medium. You can also watch videos that you’ve downloaded to the computers of your home network, while you can also play it from supported devices. Some examples of media streaming units are Apple TV’s, Roku, Android TV Boxes, PlayStation, BluRay player and many more.
Most of these streaming media units appear in box, smaller than PC or a DVD player. There’s not a lot inside that’s why they can be small. Unlike computer devices, there’s no hard disk or CD/DVD drive and other features a computer in this box. But you can expect that it has A/V connections at the back and also a USB connector to play media on memory drives. Such functions can be accessed by using a remote control that is included in the purchase of these units. You can sit in your room and browse through and play your favorite programs, music and other device features without paying anything except for the internet connection.
The purpose of this unit is that you can stream movies and TV shows to your TV’s. If you really want to watch streaming videos on the internet, you can also use your computer device to connect on your Television set, which you can always do. But the easier and cheaper way to do that is to use these media streaming units by connecting to your home Internet connection and to your living room TV and home theatre systems which enables you to watch different streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.
The advantage of having media streaming units is that you can stream TV shows and many media services without plugging your laptop or computer in your TV, another thing is, these device works silently and consumes very little power. It lets you enjoy apps online by installing apps that you like. You can also use you phones and tablets wirelessly with this because it can beam content from the phones making it connected with each other. With audio and visual entertainment, this device could take your cinema system just about everything.