- Apple TV +
- Prime Video
Apple TV +
You have been able to buy or rent movies from Apple for a few years now, if you have an iPad, iPhone, Mac or Apple TV. What’s new with Apple TV + is running shows , or a running series. It still does not compare with others in the list above as their catalogs is only new.
I have found Netflix to be great value for money. They’ve been operating for years and have an extensive library of shows, with new shows coming out all the time. The more you pay, the more screens you can view on. If you have a larger family, you may need to pay for 4 or 5 screens.
We have only been using Prime for a short time but have found some really good shows to watch. The great thing about Prime Video is you also get Prime Music. Add the apps to your devices and listen to a large range of movies, TV series and music.
Stan is also good value. I think you can get a month or more for free to try it out, just remember the date the trial finishes as they will charge your card on that day. Plenty of good shows to watch on this service.
For the young, or young at heart. If you are into Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar movies, then this is the right service for you. My kids love it. Because it’s Disney, they also have all the old classics. One thing that is on this service is National Geographic and there are good shows on that too. I’m an old Star Wars fan so I loved The Mandalorian.
What is streaming?
Streaming allows just enough of the movie to download so that your show is uninterrupted when playing. This way the streaming provider doesn’t have to download the whole movie to your device before it plays and the video won’t have to be stored on your device.
What do you need to stream?
- You need a streaming Device and a Service, or a Smart TV and a streaming service.
- You need an Internet account with lots of data.
Unlimited data would be the best. If you have a limited amount of data, I would recommend you watch a show or two and check your data usage a day or two later to see how much data is used per show or movie. Then you will have some idea of how many you can watch each week.
Streaming Device or Smart TV
If you have a smart tv, then all you need to do is pay for a streaming service like Netflix. The only thing that makes a tv a smart tv is its ability to connect to the Internet. They may do other things like gesture movements to control the tv or voice control of the tv.
So let’s say you don’t have a smart TV, but you have a fairly late model (within the last 5 years) and you want to stream your TV. You do this by getting a streaming device.
Apple TV – HD (Has a remote)
At the moment they are $209 for the 32 gigabyte model and that’s for the HD version. When you are viewing a show, the resolution (quality of the picture) varies, but most video is now in Full HD, which is a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This device will stream video at this resolution. When it says it will hold 32 gigabyte, this refers to its onboard storage capacity. I have never needed more than 32 gigabyte. you may need more storage if you have kids wanting to use it as a games machine.
Apple TV 4K – $249 (Has a remote)
When manufactures or anybody refers to 4K video or TV’s they are referring to the viewing area of the screen measured in pixels (3840 x 2160 pixels or 4096 x 2160 pixels). This is a good article that explains 4K and the difference between 4K and Ultra HD.
This resolution will give you the best viewing experience if you are watching a 4K movie show or video. It won’t show 4K resolution unless the show you are watching was filmed in 4K. Some Netflix shows are filmed in 4K and some movies on Apple are. I think we are still years away from seeing 4K become widely available, but when you buy something like a TV, you expect it to last for years so buying a 4K TV will future proof you somewhat, although they are already talking about 8K TV.
Chrome Cast HD – $58 (Uses your mobile or tablet as a remote)
Chromecast is another device that enables you to stream to a TV, but you do it by using the Netflix app (Or whatever streaming service you use) and you hit a button that puts the picture on your TV. You can then put your mobile or tablet into standby mode so it does not use much battery. Newer devices (mobile or tablet) will find this easier to stream as newer devices are more powerful.
This works the same as the Chromecast HD but this one will stream in 4K.
If you are already a customer with Telstra for your home Internet, Telstra TV may be a good option for you. It does everything the Apple TV will do, and it comes with a remote. You can pay off the device over a two-year period if you are on a post paid mobile or Internet service, but you still have to pay for your streaming service on top of that.
If you are not a current post paid mobile or Internet customer, you will need to purchase the Telstra TV outright for $216. Check with Telstra to get the current prices at the time you are ready to get one.
That’s it for Streaming services and devices. I hope I was able to make sense of some of this for you. Drop a comment in the comments section at the end of this page if you have any questions or feedback.