Why a Single TV Streamer or Streaming Service is No Longer Enough



Why a Single Streamer or Streaming Service, May No Longer Be Enough



The Good Old Days of TV Streaming Are Long Gone


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We are now reaching the point where a media streamer or single streaming service is no longer enough. Thankfully, TVs now have plenty of HDMI ports, and starting and stopping streaming TV services is easier than ever.

Back when Streaming TV was in its infancy, and most everyone subscribed to cable TV or satellite, cutting the cord was a pretty simple affair. Pop an antenna in your attic, roof or to the back of your TV and buy a Roku, subscribe to Netflix and done.

As time went by, more content creators wanted a larger piece of the streaming pie. So now we have multiple channels that popped up, removing their content from Netflix and making things more complicated and expensive for cord cutters.

Roku our once single go to media streamer, has grown as well. They went from a small company that offered a streaming box to let you watch Netflix, and a handful of great private channels, to a publicly traded company. With this came a shift to advertising as their major income producer, and this has led to much of the content we once enjoyed on Private channels being banished from the platform.

Advertisers can place many demands. You must dance to their tune or they will cancel you in a second, and that is what Roku is now dealing with. Streaming wars are also affecting Roku's popularity.



What it Now Takes to Enjoy TV Streaming


Today, we have several other great media streamers to choose from. Apple TV offers high performance hardware with an easy-to-use interface. Nvidia SHIELD is another great option that lets you fully access all the content once available for Free on Roku. Or you can choose the new Chromecast with Google TV which lets you access the same at a much cheaper price.

Another benefit Android TV media streamers have is you can watch tons of Internet TV channels like these 151+ channels you can watch from a web browser. And for AirPlay, which lets you mirror or cast to your TV whatever is playing on your iPhone or Tablet, nothing can beat an Apple TV.

An antenna is still a must have for local news, weather and sports. Add a DVR and you can record a massive amount of content from CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS, CW, and more.

Unfortunately, to watch all the content you once did on Netflix, you may need to subscribe to Disney+, Hulu, Paramount+, Peacock, and more. And if you miss cable TV, a subscription to YouTube TV, Hulu Live, fuboTV, or Philo is also a must.

But even with the extra complications, streaming TV still beats cable or satellite by a wide margin. The days of two-year service contracts are gone. And you can start or stop a streaming channel with no setup of cancellation fees.

This makes it easy to stream from one service, and then simply switch to another. No more rental fees either. Once you buy a media streamer, it's yours and some of the higher end models can last for many years.

So while we can't turn back the clock, to a time when streaming TV was much simpler. Streaming TV still offers significant savings over more expensive offerings from cable or satellite. And it's still the best way to watch TV.



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How to Turn Off YouTube Autoplay Videos on Android TV



YouTube Recently Introduced Autoplay Videos on Android TV



If the new YouTube Autoplay Video Feature is driving you nuts, you can easily turn this off




YouTube quietly rolled out a new autoplay video feature on Android TV. And not everyone is a fan of this new feature, if you can even call it that.

When you finish a video you want to watch, autoplay automatically ques up a snippet and begins to play other videos on your home screen whenever you scroll by.

While this may help serve YouTube by allowing it do stream more ads or get more views, it does little for many users. And for some it is a downright annoying feature they may not like to see at all on their Android TV media player. 
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So if you no longer want YouTube autoplay burning up extra bandwidth and racking up more data usage against your monthly data caps. The good news is it's easy to disable autoplay from your Android PC, mobile device or PC.




Here's How to Turn Off YouTube Autoplay on Android TV


This feature, once it rolls out to your Google or Android TV streaming device, will be turned on by default. This means you'll need to make some changes to your devices settings.

To turn off autoplay, go to your settings menu and scroll down and look for “Previews with Sound” and then disable this.

Autoplay won't start if you're connected to a mobile network and have not used your device for 30 minutes. On a computer with Wi-Fi, Autoplay will stop automatically after four hours. This helps prevent long Autoplay sessions in case you forget to close the window and leave YouTube up on your screen.

To Turn Autoplay off on Computer

In your YouTube video player, click settings. Turn off Autoplay by using the toggle switch. Unfortunately, YouTube removed this feature from Chrome, and Chrome based browsers like Brave. So your only option is to make use of a 3rd party extension. Just add the Unhook Next Video Stopper Chrome extension.



Turn Off The Ad Videos on the Android TV Home Screen


The Android TV Home screen was once a clean user interface to launch apps. In a recent update, it horrified many SHIELD owners that this was changed to a revolving billboard to advertise content on channels that a user did not even subscribe to. And while it's not as easy to turn off as YouTube autoplay, this too can be disabled.

Your Nvidia SHIELD Home screen can once again look like it always did. But you will lose some functionality for some Google features. Click here, and we'll show you how to turn this off.

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TikTok Now Watch on Samsung, LG, Google and Android TV



TikTok users Now Watch on Samsung, LG, Google and Android TV




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TikTok Now the popular short form video app is now available as an app on Smart TVs. Now you can watch TikTok "For You" and "Following" feeds on Samsung, LG, Google and Android TV large screen TVs.

If you have an Android TV media streamer like a Nvidia SHIELD, or Google TV like the new Chromecast Media player with remote, you can watch TikTok on your large screen TV.

Once you log in you'll have access to content in your 'For You' and 'Following' feeds on popular Smart TVs.






TikTok Has a Dark Side


TikTok is a popular app, especially for younger adults. But it has its dark side. The company recently announced steps to clean up some of the content shown to kids. But in recent news reports, TikTok was still showing content that was inappropriate. So parents may want to check their kids feeds from time to time to make sure this is still not happening.

Reports that the app spy on its users, with the information going back to China. The company disputes these allegations. It's best to be cautious and mindful of where your videos are filmed at and upload nothing that can compromise trade secrets or national security.

Where Will TikTok Be Available on Smart TVs


Unfortunately, only TikTok users in North America can currently use the Smart TV, Google TV, and Android TV versions of the app. They may expand to other markets, but the company has announced no plans to add this for other countries yet.

You can also get the app already on many other platforms like iOS, and Android as well. But there is no TikTok Roku channel yet available. With the threat of YouTube looming, now would be a great time for TikTok developers to be working on a Roku app which has a reach of millions of viewers. And it would help with the sting for those new customers that can no longer use YouTube on Roku.

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To download the app for your Smart TV, Google TV, and Android TV, check the respective App Store for your device.














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