What do I need to optimally stream movies and series?
To watch online videos, you need a TV that has smart TV functions. You can connect these devices to your home network via WiFi or an Ethernet cable. This provides you access to a clear main menu in which popular apps and video services are brought together. Some smart TV platforms offer a wider range of apps and functions than others. Is your current television not a smart TV or does it only have a limited basic platform? In that case, you can connect an external media player such as a Chromecast Ultra. This allows you to add smart TV functions to the television and watch HDR videos via Netflix, for example.
4K and HDR
Because most streaming services offer videos in 4K and HDR, it's important that your TV supports these techniques. You can see the difference in detail between 4K UHD and standard HD images, especially on screens 55 inches and bigger. If an actor's face is zoomed in during Game of Thrones, you can count his beard hair. A standard TV displays a maximum of 17 million colors, but an HDR TV more than a billion. This makes the images extra clear and realistic.
A streaming service subscription
Unfortunately, streaming services are almost never free. A subscription for Netflix costs € 10.99 per month, for example. And to view 4K UHD and HDR images, you pay € 3 extra. If you don't want to spend money or just want to try out a 4K video, YouTube is a free alternative. But don't expect a large selection of movies or series here. YouTube mainly offers nature videos, trailers, and vlogger streams in 4K.
A faster internet connection
The higher the image quality, the more your internet connection is taxed. With a slow connection, videos will buffer slowly or your stream might lag. That's why it's important to have an internet connection of at least 25 megabytes per second. If your WiFi isn't fast enough, connect the TV to your modem by cable. This will prevent an annoying loading screen popping up during the exciting climax of a movie.