Best Sources For My TV
Guide To Upgrading My Media Sources
I already have chosen and I am enjoying my media devices. So why read this?
This guide is about having unequaled media sources in my home cinema setup.
My Media Sources and the key reason to upgrade each type of media source:
Streaming App Devices - need wired Internet access for 4K content
Set Top Box / DVR - gain Ad-Free recorded TV shows
Smart TV - so I don't need a streaming app device
4K Blu-ray Disk Player - if I am still buying discs, I must get the 4K ones
Wired Internet Streaming Devices
Since more streaming content is now available in 4K resolution, it's time I upgrade to a 4K streaming device which supports a wired ethernet connection. Why? Two reasons: 1) 4K content requires 4X the bandwidth of HD content & 2) Wi-Fi isn't as reliable when several devices in my home are all streaming content.
EnjoyMyTV strongly recommends the Apple TV as the best streaming device to get because of its Apple TV App capabilities.
Ad-Free DVRs with 4K Streaming Media Apps
Whether you are already a cord cutter or thinking of becoming one, I believe that you best source for media is a TiVo DVR with cable because it has auto advertising skipping built-in AND it has the most popular streaming media apps.
Here are (3) reasons to upgrade my current DVR to a TiVo DVR:
1) No Ads While Watching Recorded Shows & Movies
While a TV show or movie is being recorded on my TiVo DVR, a person is 'bookmarking' where ads start and where they stop. After the recording is finished, TiVo sends these 'bookmarks' to my TiVo. Note: I will have to pay $7 to $15 month to enable ad-free TV.
With the Auto-Skip option enabled, when I play back a recorded TV show or movie, the TiVo will automatically skip over each ad as it occurs. Thus an ad-free TV experience just like watching content on Netflix aka NO ADs to skip over.
For the streaming apps I have on TiVo, such as Hulu, I can pay extra where appropriate for their ad-free subscription. This way whether I am watching a cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu show/movie, I will see NO ADs ! ! !
2) Supports Major Streaming Apps Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Go & Vudu
TiVo DVR is unique because it is the ONLY device combining 'Live TV' / Linear TV, recorded TV with auto-skipping of ads AND has streaming apps, which can all be ad-free. Thus with 'Live TV', I can watch real-time sports & up-to-the-minute news programs.
And I can backdoor 10's of other streaming apps by subscribing to them thru Amazon's Prime Video Channels and then viewing those apps content via Prime Video on TiVo.
TiVo thus combines 'cable' TV & streaming TV into one user experience with one remote control.
3) 'Live TV' with true HD quality Video & 5.1 Surround Sound
For cord cutters, there are (5) major 'Live TV' apps (DirecTV Stream, Fubo TV, YouTube TV, Hulu w/Live TV & Sling TV). They have 720p instead of 1080i video, thus slightly less quality. More importantly, they do NOT have 5.1 surround sound (except DirecTV Stream on some devices including Apple TV).
There are (2) TiVo DVRs we recommend for my home cinema setup along with a 2nd room player that accesses the TiVo DVR.
If I prefer not to buy my DVR, need my 'cable' supplier to switch me to their version of a TiVo DVR / Set Top Box.
Go to TiVo Setup to configure your new TiVo including putting Netflix, Amazon & Hulu on the menu line/numeric pad :-)
4K Smart TVs w/ Streaming Apps
The (3) brands that we recommend - LG, Samsung & Sony - support the major streaming apps, inc. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu and DirecTV's Sunday Ticket NFL football app.
And the (3) brands support your smartphone 'casting' content from your phone to your 4k TV. This includes both Apple IOS phones as well as all Android phones.
Therefore a 4K TV is a good media source for your streaming apps. Check out our 4K TV recommendations.
Note: if you have a TiVo DVR, then your Smart TV is the go to source for the streaming apps you are using not on TiVo.
4K Blu-ray Disc Players
EnjoyMyTV is NOT a fan of physical media because I can't have quick easy access to watch something I bought awhile ago.
Instead, EnjoyMyTV recommends using the streaming app Vudu to buy the media I want to 'own'. Also, Vudu will match the discs I already own and give me a digital version for just $1.50 per disc. And Vudu lets me download my media to my mobile devices for watching media when out of range of the Internet (airplanes).
Yet if I have a library of DVDs / Blu-ray discs and want the best player for these, then here are 3 units to consider.