Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What Is Streaming TV

We hear all about cutting the cord and saving money by streaming your tv, but what is streaming? Well that is what we are here to answer.

Streaming is a method of transmitting or receiving data (especially video and audio material) over a computer network as steady, continuous flow, allowing playback to start while the rest of the data is still being received.  All that really means is that streaming is watching or listening to content over your internet connection instantly without having to completely download anything.

What can I stream?
Audio and video.  Whether you want to watch live sports, your favorite tv show, or even just relax and watch a movie, it can all be done by streaming.  Have a favorite podcast or love to listen to music? By streaming you have access to tens of millions of songs and podcasts at your fingertips.

Streaming Requirements

The most important thing when it comes to streaming is having a fast and reliable internet connection.  How fast depends on a few different factors. 

  1.  Do you plan on streaming music, video’s and/or television programming?  Video’s and television programming require much more bandwidth/speed than music.   
  2. Internet speed can affect the quality of audio and video.  Faster internet speeds produce better quality.  An example would be watching a video in 720p vs 1080p HD. The 1080p HD video will look better and be clearer, but it will also need a faster internet speed to keep the video from buffering or looking choppy.
  3. How many streams could your family be watching at the same time?   The more devices you stream to, the faster your speeds should be.

Streaming can be done from several devices, a smart tv, computer, or even your smart phone!  Some companies even make products specifically for streaming, such as Roku, Amazon, Google, and Apple. These devices allow you to take your stupid tv and make them smart, so you can stream without having to spend a bunch of money on upgrading your TV.

Now that you have a fast and reliable internet connection and you know some of the devices you can stream from, where do I get content to stream?  There are thousands of applications out there that allow you to stream both audio and video.  Some of these applications are free and some will cost you a monthly fee.  Some examples of free services would be Crackle, The Roku Channel, Pluto Tv, Tubi, YouTube, and Pandora just to name a few.  Paid service examples include fuboTV, Sling, Philo, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, Apple Music, and many more. 

Streaming is the way of the future.  If you are interested in learning how, or just need to know where to get started, contact us 309.778.8611 for a free phone consultation or follow us on Facebook@onesource  where we post streaming and smart home news daily.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Introducing One Source

Technology moves so fast that it’s almost impossible for any one person to keep up with it all.  You hear all about smart phones, voice assistants, smart homes, streaming devices, and the list goes on and on. What can these devices do?  How do they help me in my day to day life? These are some of the questions we have been getting asked here at Mid Century.  To help our customers better understand technology and what it can do for them, Mid Century created One Source.

What is One Source?
One Source is a division of Mid Century developed with the primary goal to help our customers better understand technology that they use every day.

What do we do?
One Source holds events frequently throughout our service area giving customers an opportunity to come and see different technology being used and ask questions in person.  One Source offers one-on-one streaming demonstrations at our Fairview office, by appointment, just call 309.778.8611. 


Yes, One Source offers free phone consultations to help answer any questions that you may have.  We also offer paid in-home installation service for those who may need help with initial set up.


One Source will post a blog once a month on various technology topics. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 778.8611, by email at, or follow us on Facebook @OneSource.