What does it mean to stream?

 

Let us answers all of your questions about what streaming means and how to stream TV online!

 

Streaming live TV is the budget-friendly, easier and more flexible  way to watch the TV that you know and love. Instead of using traditional cable line or satellite dish, streaming delivers your content using the internet.

The concept of streaming first came around with movies and music, and now can be used for everything from video games to smartphone apps and – you guessed it – live TV.

Your favorite shows and live games are sent to your TV in real-time over the internet, meaning that there’s no download time or need for storage space. Your show arrives in a continuous stream when you press play, and disappears once you’ve watched it.

When you’re streaming live TV, this means that your show or game is coming right to you as soon as the broadcasters send it out just as it would if you were watching on a cable or satellite connection. If you’re streaming on-demand video option, then the video is ready to watch as soon as you ask for it. 

Streaming requirement #1: High-Speed Internet
 

The biggest requirement when it comes to streaming is a reliable internet connection. Because streaming doesn’t download data, it needs to be able to transfer the video to you in real time. If your internet connection is too slow, you might run into problems with buffering or poor video quality.

It’s generally recommended to have an internet speed of at least 25 Mbps if your household uses multiple devices at the same time. So if you’re watching a cat video on your phone while your streaming your favorite show, you likely have all the speed you need. 

 

Streaming requirement #2: Compatible streaming device

In order to stream, you also need to have a compatible streaming device. If you want to mirror a traditional cable experience, get your main TV set up to stream by connecting it to a streaming device like a Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick or AirTV Mini.

(Fun fact: Sling has great streaming device deals that will help you get set up!)

If you have a smart TV, you can stream without needing a separate device by downloading the streaming service from the app library. You can also stream on a huge number of mobile devices so you can watch on the go, from your iOS or Android smartphone to tablets and laptops.

The wide range of compatible device options helps you avoid the need for equipment rental fees and ultimately saves you money when compared with a cable or satellite subscription. Streaming TV services like Sling also save you money by offering flexible  bundles that let you customize your service so you’re not paying for dozens of channels that you’ll never watch.

Check out our full list of compatible devices that you can use to watch live TV on Sling.

Streaming requirement #1: High-Speed Internet
 

The biggest requirement when it comes to streaming is a reliable internet connection. Because streaming doesn’t download data, it needs to be able to transfer the video to you in real time. If your internet connection is too slow, you might run into problems with buffering or poor video quality.

It’s generally recommended to have an internet speed of at least 25 Mbps if your household uses multiple devices at the same time. So if you’re watching a cat video on your phone while your streaming your favorite show, you likely have all the speed you need. 

 

Streaming requirement #2: Compatible streaming device

In order to stream, you also need to have a compatible streaming device. If you want to mirror a traditional cable experience, get your main TV set up to stream by connecting it to a streaming device like a Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick or AirTV Mini.

(Fun fact: Sling has great streaming device deals that will help you get set up!)

If you have a smart TV, you can stream without needing a separate device by downloading the streaming service from the app library. You can also stream on a huge number of mobile devices so you can watch on the go, from your iOS or Android smartphone to tablets and laptops.

The wide range of compatible device options helps you avoid the need for equipment rental fees and ultimately saves you money when compared with a cable or satellite subscription. Streaming TV services like SLING also save you money by offering flexible  bundles that let you customize your service so you’re not paying for dozens of channels that you’ll never watch.

Check out our full list of compatible devices that you can use to watch live TV on SLING.

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Updated April 6, 2020

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Available to new customers upon account activation. One per customer. Must provide email address and credit card. Trial will end on the date that is 3 days following account activation or upon cancellation if subscription is cancelled prior to this date. Your account will be authorized to receive programming upon your first login.

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Streaming limitations

The number of devices on which Sling content can be watched at the same time varies based on the Sling service. If you subscribe to our Sling Latino core services, you can enjoy three streams at a time. If you subscribe to our Sling International core services, you can enjoy three streams at a time. If you subscribe to our Sling Orange service, you can enjoy one stream at a time. Any extras you add to your Sling Orange service will be included in your single stream. If you subscribe to our Sling Blue service, you can enjoy up to three streams of these channels at the same time. Any extras you add to your Sling Blue service will be included in your three streams. If you subscribe to both services in Sling Orange + Sling Blue, you can enjoy up to four streams at the same time. Because you are purchasing two separate services in Sling Orange + Sling Blue, you can get the total number of streams included on each separate service—one stream for any channel on the single-stream Sling Orange service and three streams for channels on the multi-stream Sling Blue service. To get up to four streams, go to the My Account page and make sure that the “show me only Sling Blue versions of channels in both services” box is not checked.

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