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This Library Guide provides basic information on streaming video resources.

What Is Video Streaming?

Streaming media is video or audio content sent in compressed form over the Internet and played immediately, rather than being saved to your computer's hard drive. With streaming mediayou do not have to wait to download a file before you can play it. Because the media is sent in a continuous stream of data,  it can play as it arrives.


Search Streaming Apps AKA Streaming Aggregators

JustWatch -- On JustWatch you can easily find out where to watch your favorite movies & TV shows in the United States.  JustWatch is easy and effective: choose your favorite streaming providers in the WatchBar to see what’s on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and more than 85 other legal streaming providers. This website also offers suggestions based on movies or TV shows that you have liked.

ReelGood -- When you first sign up, you check all the services you have access to, and Reelgood searches across all of them. You can add “free” as a search item, and it will look for free content from networks, along with services such as Tubi.

Decider -- It searches multiple platforms for movies and television shows and it also publishes recommendations and entertainment news.


Streaming Devices

Below are some of the more common streaming devices. 

Roku  Roku provides the simplest way to stream entertainment to your TV, on your terms, with thousands of available channels to choose from.

Amazon Fire TV Stick  This streaming device, sold by, plugs directly into an HDMI port and, like Roku, it offers access to thousands of movies and TV shows.

Apple TV  Developed by Apple, Inc., Apple TV is designed for streaming movies and TV shows to your HDTVsimilar to Roku and Amazon Fire TV Stick. You can also listen to and watch podcasts on it, play games, stream music, and much more. It all depends on the apps you install.    


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