It’s quite possible that you haven’t fully embraced the world of streaming just yet. Don’t worry, that’s perfectly understandable. It’s only been a few years since internet connections have made it possible to stream easily in HD without juttering loading screens. As well as this, there are still places all over the country where streaming is still an issue due to slow connections. However, now you’re ready to jump on board the bandwagon and there are a few questions that you should be keeping in mind. Particularly if you’re a parent. So, let’s explore the top considerations and ensure that you are making the right choice here. 

Is It Safe? 

So, the main question for a parent is always going to be whether something is actually safe for kids to use. Particularly, if you want to set up a streaming option that they will be able to access and use independently. A lot of streaming services encourage this. Netflix allows you to set up different profiles for each individual family member and have multiple screens. So, you could be watching Breaking Bad downstairs and your little one could be enjoying The Dragon Prince in their room. 

But, what’s to stop him from accidentally or even intentionally accessing the new Breaking Bad movie. Well, a lot of streaming services do have parental controls. So, you can block off some of the content that you don’t think is suitable for younger minds. That’s important with options like Netflix because there is such a massive variety of content. In contrast, there are other streaming platforms that are going to be better for families like Disney +. This option only has PG or family-friendly content available so there’s no need to worry. 

Which One Is Right For You?

This is going to be a more important question in the future. That’s due to the fact that the number of streaming services is about to grow massively. You’re going to find that there will be options from Disney, Apple and special possibilities like HBO Go Max. The one you choose is largely going to depend on the content that is available on different options. So, for instance, HBO Go Max is already confirmed to be the home of Friends. In contrast, Disney + is going to have a wide range of original shows and movies. So, it’s all about finding the right option that matches your preferences and budget. You might choose to have multiple streaming options. If that’s the case, then make sure that they all fit into your budget. 

How Can You Increase Levels Of Content? 

If you are keen to access more content and you could be, then you might want to think about the different apps available. The apps that you have access to that will provide more content is going to depend on the tool that you are using. For instance, you could be opting for the Firestick App. If you do use this tool, then you are going to be able to explore a wide range of different apps including but not limited to Bee TV. Websites such as Troypoint have more info on the different possibilities that you may want to consider downloading to use. Not all of these are streaming but can give you more live TV possibilities. 

Is Streaming Here To Stay? 

Streaming is here to stay but there is some confusion about whether this means the end of network TV. While that might be the case eventually, right now, it’s not a realistic possibility. The reason for this is that businesses still make billions from ad revenue through live TV. So, there’s no reason why they would want to abandon it just yet. This means that while you might want to cut your cable, you shouldn’t say goodbye to live TV completely. There’s still plenty of great content available through these channels. 

Is Streaming Legal?

Finally, obviously, sources like Netflix, Hulu and the new players on the market are legal. However, there are also ways to illegally stream content. Your kids might already be familiar with quite a few of these. While there is some debate about the level of power the government has if you are caught streaming TV illegally, it’s best to avoid some of the more questionable options. The reason for this is that there’s always the chance you’ll be made an example of. Fines can be quite high for piracy and the general rule here is that if it’s free with no ads, it’s probably questionable. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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