The Future of Streaming

With the launch of Apple TV and Disney+ on the horizon, what’s the future of streaming look like?

Disney’s D23 Expo took place last month, and alongside the main event was a panel announcing a bunch of new film/television productions, and the entertainment giant’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+.

There is already an astounding amount of streaming services available – more than 300! And that doesn’t even include the launches from media giants like Disney, Apple, Warner Media, and NBC Universal in the months ahead.

It’s undoubtedly a competitive field, and we are living in an age where we have the blessing and curse of too much content – specifically in television. With so much content and so many devices offering streaming subscriptions, it can be hard to pinpoint which device is best for your needs.

So, we’re here to break it down the top streaming devices.

 

Amazon Fire TV Stick

1Amazon Fire TV StickAmazon Fire TV devices focus heavily on Amazon Prime media, with Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Prime Music built into the menu system. Fire TV has plenty of other services available, like Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube. But, the significant advantage of Fire TV is having all your Prime content right at your fingertips.

For a one-time payment of $50, you can plug the Fire TV Stick into your HDTV and start streaming in minutes.

 

Roku Premiere

Roku PremiereRoku currently offers thousands of choices in the Roku Channel Store. All the big streaming media names are available, including Amazon Prime, Netflix, Spotify, and Twitch, along with many smaller, niche apps and services for movies, sports, weather, and news.

For a less expensive alternative, the Roku Premiere is a 4K-capable streaming device available for $49.99.

 

Chromecast

ChromecastGoogle Chromecast is one of the most user-friendly devices available; plug it into a power source, plug it into your TV or sound system, and control everything through your mobile device. There are no remotes, no on-screen interfaces, and no app stores to separately navigate. You connect your Chromecast to your home network and stream whatever you’re watching on your smartphone or tablet.

With Google Chromecast you can watch movies, sports and television shows for the low-cost of $45.

 

Android TV

Android TVAndroid TV is Google’s dedicated Android-based media streaming system. The Android TV-powered device includes Google Assistant, putting it on the same level as the Fire TV with Alexa and the Apple TV with Siri. Android TV devices are Google Cast compatible, so you can use your smartphone or tablet to stream content to it just as if you had a Chromecast.

For $180, Android TV offers all the movies, shows, games, and music you could ask for!

Ultimately, the right Internet connection paired with any one of these devices is an excellent choice for bringing online content to your TV.

Worldline Moving Guide

There’s no doubt that summer is the ideal time of year to sell your home. The demand for housing is at its highest and Canadians can avoid snow and rain that tends to come with moving in the winter or spring.

Moving in the summer demands plenty of planning to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible, from the time you start packing up your belongings to the moment you settle into your new home.

Amongst all the planning, it’s essential to prepare your Internet services for the big move. With that in mind, we have put together a list of ways to prepare your services.

Moving

Plan Ahead

Planning is important! To avoid any interruptions in your service, you’ll need to contact us at least five days before your move. Provide your new address details, including the postal code and unit/apt number (if applicable).

When you call in, we will verify service availability at your new address. A Worldline customer representative requires up to 3-5 business days to schedule a technician. They will help you schedule an install date and time that works for you.

Moving Check List

When it comes time to install at your new address, ensure someone over the age of 18 is home during the entire time slot you chose.

Make sure there’s clear access to cable outlets and have all your equipment (modem, power cords, etc.) on-site so that the technician can ensure everything is working correctly once reconnected.

If you need to change your installation date and time, or you have questions about moving your services, don’t hesitate to call.

Settling In

This list may not eliminate your moving pressures entirely, but hopefully, it will make your life easier and less stressful as you settle into your new home.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Every year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day and raise awareness of environmental issues and the effect our actions have on the planet.

Nearly everything we do contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, including our carbon footprints. These are some of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your impact on the environment, especially when it comes to technology.

Earth Day Impact

Switch to LED Light Bulbs

Switching your incandescent light bulbs to LEDs can reduce over a thousand pounds of carbon dioxide over the bulbs 10-year lifespan. This means less replacement and fewer bulbs in landfills.

Pro tip: try getting a dimmer switch which will allow you to control the brightness of each bulb.

Use a Laptop Instead of a Desktop

Did you know that a laptop is a low-energy electronic? Compared to a big, bulky desktop computer, laptops take up way less energy.

Laptops maximize battery power, and like many electronics, they work best when the user ultimately allows the battery to run out before charging it.

Unplug Your Electronic Devices

It’s a simple solution that might seem blasphemous, but turning off or powering down your electronics can help reduce energy and save your devices. Unplugging your gadgets has a small impact on your carbon footprint and saves you an average of $100 a year on your energy bill!

You can also switch to more energy efficient technology and products with the Energy Star qualification.

Switch to Paperless Billing

From your Internet provider to your bank, almost everyone offers paperless billing. Switching to paperless will not only reduce paper usage and transportation, but an endless pile of documents.

Save Your Cellphone

Our smartphones have become an essential part of our day-to-day lives. It’s common practice to buy a new smartphone every two years, but our buying habits are taking a toll on the planet and undermining our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The average mobile device creates 120 pounds of carbon emission. Using a smartphone is not carbon-intensive; instead, it’s the manufacturing process. All of us can help reduce the impact our cellphones have on the planet by simply using them longer.

Our Impact on the Environment

Worldline is committed to changing attitudes and behaviours surrounding technology and its impact on the environment. There are many actionable steps we can take to combat climate change, and reducing our carbon footprint is a great way to help celebrate Earth Day.

What is a Powerline Adapter?

Last week, we looked at mesh systems and the difference between traditional Wi-Fi and mesh networks.

Similar to mesh systems, powerline adapters are designed to spread reliable connections to remote parts of your home. While mesh networks deliver wireless connections through a network of nodes, powerline adapters provide a connection using the electrical wiring.

Powerline adapters cannot replace your Wi-Fi network, but it can complement it.

What is a Powerline Adapter?

Wi-Fi is extremely convenient, but it certainly has its shortcomings. Even though powerline networks are slightly more inconvenient, they offer simplicity and reliability that wireless technology still can’t match.

The electrical wiring in your home can do more than keep the lights on. Powerline adapters take advantage of the existing electrical wiring in your house. A powerline adapter can send data over your household’s existing electrical wiring just like it would over Ethernet cables – all you need is a power outlet.

Setting up a powerline connection is easy. All you’ll need is a router, Ethernet cables, and at least two powerline adapters. One of the adapters should be plugged into the power outlet nearest to your router and connect to it using an Ethernet cable. Use the other adapters for each device you want to connect.

Benefits

Powerline adapters use the electrical wiring running between the rooms in your home to send each other network signals, creating an Internet connection where the router otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach. Here are three benefits of using powerline adapters.

Speed

The first feature that you should consider when purchasing a powerline adapter is its speeds. Powerline connections have less data loss and better speeds than regular Wi-Fi, regardless of how far away your computer is from the router or how many obstructions there are between the two.

Security

Powerline adapters utilize your home’s electrical wiring to transfer data. Some people are uncomfortable with the concept of wireless network security and may prefer to keep their data protected inside powerline cables. Powerline kits can be password protected, adding an extra layer of protection.

Convenience

Setting up a powerline system can be done quickly from anywhere in the home. Although whole-house wiring is an option for some, the additional cost and effort can be high. Powerline connections are user-friendly and can reach areas where wireless signals cannot.

Choosing a Powerline Adapter

Powerline AdapterThe best powerline adapters are incredibly easy to install and useful tools for connecting every device in your home. Powerline adapters are less visible – rather than trailing Ethernet cables throughout your home, you can use powerline adapters to spread the network throughout.

There is a wide range of powerline adapters available to buy. We suggest checking out this article for more information on pricing, ratings and more.

Whether you are looking for a way to optimize your speeds or looking to update your connection, Worldline has the services you need to stay connected! For more information, visit our website or call 1-855-299-0025.

Understanding Mesh Networks

Over the next few weeks, we’re focusing on the importance of connection and how to optimize your Internet speeds. Technology is changing, and as the Internet of Things continues to expand, your home will become more dependent on fast and reliable connections.

Even though it’s gradually becoming a trending topic, mesh networks have been around for quite some time. Mesh systems have considerable benefits and are more than a temporary tech hype.

What is a Mesh Network?

Traditional Wi-Fi uses a single router to spread a signal. However, if you’re too far away from the router or there are interferences from walls, appliances, etc., the connection might not reach you.

A mesh network creates individual points that work together to deliver a strong Wi-Fi signal without the hassle of dead zones or signal drops.

A mesh network uses the existing Wi-Fi signal from your modem or router to supply internet coverage through a network of interlocking routers called nodes, or points. “Nodes” are referred to as connection points, and each pod within a mesh network serves as an individual point to deliver a strong Wi-Fi signal without the hassle of dead zones or signal drops. The signal will hop between nodes until it reaches a destination.

The Benefits

Larger homes and dwellings with thick walls, multiple floors and other structural obstructions may require additional technology to bring Wi-Fi to areas that the router can’t reach. Mesh networks are designed to blanket your home with wireless coverage. Here are three benefits of a mesh network. 

Adaptable and Expandable 

A mesh network can be as big or small as you wish. Mesh nodes can be added and removed as less coverage is needed. 

Optimal Coverage 

One of the main benefits of a mesh network is the coverage you will receive. The system of nodes works together to provide a signal throughout your entire home. 

Automatic Connection 

A mesh system not only expands your Wi-Fi range but also helps your devices automatically connect to the strongest point as you move around your home. Whether you’re in your bedroom, living room or kitchen, your device will seamlessly switch to the strongest signal.

Choosing Your Mesh System

The best wireless mesh networks provide high-speeds and reliable Wi-Fi that stretches to every corner of your home. There are a number of mesh systems available on the market. We suggest checking out this article for more information on pricing, ratings and more.  

There are so many choices that it may be difficult to choose the right system for your home. Next week, we will be looking at Powerline Adapters and how they can help you optimize your Internet connection.