Streaming 101

Streaming means watching traditional TV programming on a TV, or other device, using the Internet. Streaming is becoming more and more popular as consumers are realizing they can watch LIVE TV, watch what they want, when they want and SAVE money at the same time.

Here are three easy steps to start streaming!

  1. Get a fast Internet connection
    SCTelcom offers a Streamer/Gamer symmetrical speed package that is great for multiple devices and users.
  2. Choose and Purchase a Streaming Device
    Smart TVs – vary in price and size and are equipped with several streaming apps pre-loaded. You connect your TV to your Wi-Fi (or ethernet), sign up for your preferred streaming service and sign-in on your TV.
    Streaming Box – a device you connect to your existing (non-smart) TV to handle all the streaming. A few of the key brands are Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Firestick. Some are separate boxes which need a power outlet and connect to your TV via HDMI and others connect directly to your TV port and do not need a power outlet, such as Chromecast and Firesticks.
    Game System – today’s game consoles have Internet connectivity and streaming apps included so you can use them for streaming.
  3. Choose a Streaming Service
    There are multiple streaming services to choose from that offer live TV and more. DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, YouTube TV and Netflix are a few of the options available. Make a list of your favorite shows and live networks you watch and then check out This online tool will show you which services carry which channels. From here, you’ll be able to select a streaming service. Most offer a free trial period and can be cancelled at any time. You can also view the channel lineups on each of the streaming services websites.