It’s almost a life skill

While TV and movie theatres may not be going out of style any time soon, the capacity to stream TV shows and movies online through PCs and mobile devices is astounding. Anyone with internet access and the right application can now watch their favorite shows anywhere and at anytime.

So like back in the day when fixing the TV was something of a life skill (shifting the aerial, tinkering in the back of the set, giving it a good whack and all that good stuff), nowadays, finding the best ways to get excellent online streaming services is something of a life skill too.

Lucky for you, we have a few easy tips that you can follow to guarantee smooth, high quality online streaming on whatever device you choose.

Tip #1: Run a background check

You need to know all you can about the website that you want to get online streaming services from. Luckily, the internet is full of places where you can get information on the legitimacy of a company, its quality of service and its reliability.

Granted, you need to take some of the comments with a grain of salt, but looking through reliable technology sites can give you a good picture of what the company is like before you give them your money.

Tip#2: Ensure the security of your information

Most of the good online streaming services require some payment in the form of subscriptions or registration fees. This is alright because more often than not, it means you are getting quality services.

The thing to look out for here is the security of your personal and bank information when making payments. The internet is a dangerous place and you can have your information stolen along with all your cash if their systems are insecure. Be sure to ask about this before you make the payment.

Tip#3: Check the rate of their downtime

This information can be found when running the background check on the company website and directly from sales people. Paying for services that an unavailable 50% of the time is a classic waste of money so be sure to check on that before ‘signing on the dotted line’.

This can also apply for your ISP. Companies like Charter Communications have clear information about downtime so all you have to do is ask.

Tip#4: Personal accounts are a necessity

The advantage of having a personal account within the streaming service is that it is much easier for you to stream videos and create playlists which enable you to know what you have and haven’t watched. It seems like a simple convenience, but it is critical so make it a requirement of your service provider.

Tip#5: Check your internet connection

Regardless of how much effort you put in making sure your online streaming service provider is on point, it means nothing if your internet connection is not up to par. Its speed level has to match that of the streaming service. It has to be strong and stable, and not have too many devices working it thereby slowing it down.


Belle Goose is an executive at Charter Communications but still a true techie at heart, having risen through the ranks from an IT intern. She loves computers, cats and cookies.