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Apple TV and Your Wireless Internet Plan

Apple TV and Your Wireless Internet Plan

It’s easy to turn your regular TV into a smart TV with the help of a wireless internet plan and Apple TV. Premier Broadband in Hope, Arkansas, has you covered on the wireless internet front. The blazing fast broadband internet ensures you get the most out of your Apple TV.

Take a minute to learn more about Apple TV. Then, sign up for one of the wireless internet plans and bring tons of entertainment into your Hope, AR, home.

Stream Video and Audio Content Directly to Your TV

Apple TV is similar to the Roku, but it has a little something extra. Along with streaming from apps like Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and HBO Go, you can also stream videos from the iTunes store. You just need to connect the Apple TV to one of Premier Broadband’s wireless internet plans, and you can stream in high definition or 4k, depending on the version of the device you purchase. If you have an Apple TV 4k, Apple will even upgrade everything in your existing library from HD to 4k. Of course, you’ll need one of the best wireless internet plans out there to watch the videos in 4k. Premier Broadband has you covered on that front.

Along with streaming videos, Apple TV lets you stream podcasts. As you can imagine, that’s a popular feature since podcasts are so hot right now. You can also stream music and even games with your Apple TV, as long as it’s hooked up to wireless internet from one of the top local internet service providers.

Keep in mind you will need to install apps to use the service. Some apps don’t cost a thing to use, but other apps, such as Netflix and HBO Go, do charge a monthly subscription fee. When you consider all the entertainment you get from these apps, the monthly fee is well worth it.

Apple TV Models – Which One Should You Get?

If you’re interested in buying an Apple TV to use with your wireless internet plan, you’re likely wondering which one you should get. Should you go with an entry-level model, or go all out and get the latest and greatest option out there?

Let’s take a look at your options.

Apple TV 4k – The Latest and Greatest

Are you the type of person who needs the fastest of the wireless internet plans, the latest iPhone, and the best of everything? If so, the Apple 4k TV is right up your alley. As Apple’s flagship model, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Let’s start with the processor. Apple TV 4k uses an A10 processor. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same processor used in the iPad Pro. This powerful device supports HDR and 4k video, but keep in mind you’ll need a wireless internet plan that’s up to the task. When you get your plan from one of the best local internet service providers, that won’t be a problem.

Apple TV (4th Generation)

Apple TV (4th Generation) is the middle-of-the-road model. It’s not as flashy as the 4k model, but it’s also not an entry-level model. It uses an A8 processor, which is what you’ll find in the iPhone 6, so it’s no slouch. It supports 1080p HD, so the videos are still gorgeous. Keep in mind this model is just $30 less than the Apple TV 4k, though. That means it might make sense to get the 4k, even if you don’t have a 4k TV yet. Who knows what next year might bring? You might upgrade your TV and wish you had upgraded your Apple TV, as well.

Apple TV (3rd Generation)

Apple might not sell this model any longer, but it’s still making its rounds on third-party websites. This is a good option for people who want a bargain. This device has built-in channels, but you won’t have access to an app store. That means you’re limited in what you can do with this version.

While it’s easy to find it for as little as $50, you might want to pay extra for the Apple TV (4th generation) or Apple TV 4k. The app store is one of the best features, so you don’t want to miss out on it.

Don’t Forget to Choose a Wireless Internet Plan

If you want to get started with Apple TV, you need to get a wireless internet plan. Broadband wireless internet plans are fast and can stream your videos without any lag time. That means you can watch movies, play games, and more, all the while forgetting you’re streaming the content. It’ll be so fast and clear you’ll think it’s coming out of the cable box. Actually, it’ll be even better than the cable box if you go with the 4k version.

Amazon Echo and a Wireless Internet Plan – A Match Made in Techie Heaven

Amazon Echo and a Wireless Internet Plan – A Match Made in Techie Heaven

Do you remember back in the old days, when speakers were just speakers? You plugged your speaker to a music source and listened to music. Then, Bluetooth speakers came along, and you could connect your phone to the speaker to play music. Now, smart speakers have arrived. The Amazon Echo is one of the smartest smart speakers out there. When you pair with high-speed internet, it can do just about anything. That means you just need an Amazon Echo and one of the wireless internet plans from Premier Broadband to unlock a whole new world.

An Alexa-Powered Personal Assistant

The Amazon Echo is controlled by Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant. You can speak to the Echo, and Alexa will fulfill your command, as long as it’s something it is programmed to do. For instance, you can tell Alexa to play music or control your TV. It will read the news to you, and you can use it to control your smart home.

Lots of people use the Echo to create shopping lists. You can access the list via the Alexa app. Just keep in mind you have to add each item separately. You need to tell Alexa to add paper towels. Then you need to tell Alexa to add shampoo. That way, the system will create the list for you.

Plus, you can use Alexa to make phone calls or to text from an Android device. Then, there’s the voice-controlled shopping. You need to have Amazon prime to use this feature, but it’s a favorite for Echo users. Once your Echo is connected to one of Premier Broadband’s wireless internet plans, you can use your Echo to shop. Let the Echo know what you want, and Alexa will look for it. It’ll come back with the price, and then you’ll need to give it a four-digit security code. That’ll keep the kiddos from ordering their favorite toys when you’re in the other room. You’ll place your order, and the default payment method you have in your Amazon account will be charged.

You can even ask Alexa about the day’s deals. That’s a great way to do a little bargain shopping while you are on the sofa.

If you want to get off the sofa, the Echo can help with that, too. Have it take you through a workout, and you’ll be huffing and puffing in no time.

That’s just a taste of what Alexa and the Echo can do when you connect the device to a wireless internet plan. Now, let’s look at Alexa skills.

Alexa Skills – A Cool Way to Add New Abilities

Your Amazon Echo can do an almost unlimited number of tasks via skills. Alexa has thousands of skills available, and you can access them via the Alexa app. Skills are basically apps that you can use on the Echo.

You can install the Uber or Lyft skill if you want to order rides from the comfort of the sofa or add the Domino’s skill to order a pizza without picking up the phone or your laptop. You can also add recipe skills for some help in the kitchen or homework skills if your little ones need some help. You can even download skills for trivia. It’s amazing how many skills there are. It’s a lot like the app store on your mobile device, meaning you won’t like all of them, but you are going to be impressed with quite a few of them.

You can even install a skill to have Alexa tell your kids a bedtime story. Once downloaded, the Short Bedtime Story skill will take over the bedtime story duties, so you can have a little alone time. This is almost like a science fiction movie, but it really works.

Is the Echo Spying on You?

You’ve purchased one of Premier Broadband’s wireless internet plans and hooked up your Echo. You’re about to use it, and then you get a nagging feeling.

Is it spying on you?

This speaker is essentially always on, so is it listening to everything you do?

Not really. It listens for its wake-up word, but that’s not the same as spying. While it listens for the word, it’s not actively listening to everything that you do. It’s similar to the Google Assistant or Siri. Once you say “Alexa,” it will actively listen to your request. You don’t have to worry about it doing serious spying, though.

Getting Started with the Echo

If you’re interested in getting started with the Echo, make sure your internet service is up to the task. Premier Broadband has wireless internet plans that are perfect for the Echo. The internet is so powerful that you can easily add multiple devices to it without losing speed. Once you purchase one of these wireless internet plans, your Hope, Arkansas, home will be ready for the Echo and all kinds of other devices.