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Cut the Cord or Buy a Bundle?

Cut the Cord or Buy a Bundle?

Streaming services are nudging cable television aside as single device technology is taking over the market. Early adapters of smart tech will remember the iPhone emergence; a first of its kind encapsulating phone, music and camera in one pocket sized device. Televisions have followed suit, fast forwarding past the need of dvd’s, cables and dvr. Audiences ranging from Millennials to Baby Boomers are now buying smart tv’s to bring music, video, and live television to their screens while keeping both form and function in mind. 

Home Technology Experts tackles a question most people are asking: What is better, cable or streaming?

“Homeowners are on a mission to streamline household technology on the least amount of devices, and have every viewing option in one place. Smart tv’s own the market and continue to break the mold with options and picture quality,” states Alex Karoussos, President of HTE. New products have even tackled the issue of aesthetics, where a Sunday sports fan and a discerning interior designer may share a wall without compromise, with mounted tv’s that display fine art or mimic a mirror when not in use. 

While quality of picture progressively increases (4K) streaming content has yet to keep pace. While streaming is undeniably convenient, it can be limiting to image quality and the number of tv’s in a home. “Your tv may have the capacity to emit a 4K image but the quality of your service will always depend on your internet connection. With a poor connection, your investment in a high-end device will suffer if the picture is not great. We see this happen often. It’s incredibly visible when streaming sports or highly detailed productions; the picture quality just does not compare to hard-wired cable,” says Alex. “Streaming is usually limited to a certain number of devices, as well. Say, three devices on a subscription and five tv’s, laptops and tablets in your home. You will only be able to watch on three at a time.”

Cable has less limitations and delivers a better picture through 1080i or 1080p, depending on connection. A direct connection to the tv delivers high-end video output for a less pixelated and clearer picture. “Live action sports always stream better when connected to cable,” says Alex. “The only downside to cable is apparent, the tv must be connected to wires and a cable box.”

While TIVO has become all but forgotten, Karoussos is still a believer, “It’s worth a look. TIVO offers solutions for free over-the-air stations with an antenna that delivers amazing picture quality and networks such as NBC, ABC plus streaming.” Apple has announced they will mix it up and become the ‘cable box of streaming.’ Karoussos is a fan, “You can use Apple TV for everything." HTE determines the best solutions based on discussion, customizing the audio video project to a client’s wants and needs. “Cable isn’t dead yet.”

Kick off the Season Right


Kick off the Season Right

The pros have made their cuts, you've selected your fantasy team, and the starters are finally on the field.  Football season has officially begun.  Here are apps, services, and products to help you enjoy the games. 

The Ultimate Viewing Party

You love your football, and we respect that. With Savant Smart View Video Tiling, you can watch like a pro anywhere in your home. Available in 4, 6, and 9 source inputs, you decide how you want to view the games. Using Apple TV or Chromecast, you can easily keep track how your fantasy team is doing compared to the rest of your league.

The tiled feed can also be sent through your video matrix to play on multiple screens in your home. That way you and your friends can enjoy the game relaxing in your home theater, having lunch out by the grill, or at the bar in your man-cave.

Game on the Go

We’ve all been there, your team is about to play their biggest rival and your expected to be someplace else, doing something else, missing the game of the season. In our constantly connected, multi-tasking world, there’s no reason you can’t root for your team regardless of where you are.

With WatchESPN, you can stream Monday Night Football to your computer or tablet, all you need is your cable login and password. Unfortunately, this app won’t help you on Sundays or Thursdays.

The Mannings notoriously rapped about it, twice, but here’s what you need to know about the NFL Sunday Ticket. It has three packages ranging from $199.99- $329.99. Although it’s hosted by DIRECTV, you can purchase the package without switching to their service. The packages allow streaming to computers, phones, and tablets. The higher packages include extra features such as console streaming, Red Zone, and the Fantasy Zone. NYC residents are eligible for the service, but Hamptons addresses are denied.

If you have Verizon Wireless NFL Mobile is available on your phones and tablets. Unfortunately this beloved app has taken a hard hit when it changed its permissions, making it more difficult to log in, and raised its price ($40) for audio.

Network Streaming- Open a browser and you can stream NBC’s Sunday games. This site also allows you to pick different camera angles, which is nice a feature. CBS plans on streaming the AFC playoffs.