Tech upgrade: Sort out your streaming setup for 2019
Broadband technology has advanced in leaps and bounds over recent years, and today it’s possible to stream all sorts of different content from the comfort of your home. With fibre broadband, many New Zealanders are in a better position than ever to take advantage of a fast and reliable broadband connection.
If you’re not completely satisfied with your current broadband set-up, a new year is the perfect time to make a change. So start thinking about the options available, and how they’ll allow you to enjoy more content stress-free with family and friends.
Some of the most important factors to consider are:
To enjoy your favourite online content, you’ll likely need to subscribe to at least one streaming service. These include the likes of Amazon Prime, Netflix and Lightbox for television and movies, Spotify and Apple Music for music, and Steam and Xbox for gaming - all of which have different libraries of material for you to choose from.
The best way to decide which service is best for you is to simply take a look at their selections online, and subscribe to whichever one best matches your tastes. If you’re really hungry for content, you can always subscribe to multiple services and flick between them as you like.
In addition to selecting a streaming service, you’ll also need to consider the device you’ll be using to access them. There are all sorts of different options available, ranging from your smartphone all the way through to desktop computers and dedicated tablets.
For the best viewing experience though, you may wish to invest in a Smart TV. These have built-in internet connectivity, allowing you to access streaming services directly. If you don’t want to splurge on a new TV, you’ll likely be able to convert your current one by plugging in a streaming device (typically sticks or boxes that connect via USB) and accessing streaming services that way.
For the best experience, you’ll need an internet plan that provides you with enough data to stream without worrying about running out. If you’re curious about how much data you currently use or may need in the future, check out the Chorus Data Calculator for an idea of your household’s estimate.
While you may be able to get by with a set amount of data each month, 71 per cent of Kiwis are on unlimited plans. Go unlimited and you’ll never have to stress about running out of data in the middle of your favourite show.
Last but certainly not least, you’ll need to consider what type of broadband connection best suits you depending on what’s available at your address.
There are multiple types of connections available, with fibre being the most reliable and offering the fastest speeds. To find out if your property is eligible for a fibre connection, visit the Chorus Broadband Checker and enter your address.
Bring on the new year!
All of these factors are essential to enjoying better, faster streaming of your favourite content. Best of all, switching to a new broadband connection has never been easier.