Planning a long stay at home? What kind of TV watching is best?

It seems like a lot of us are planning to stay home a bit more lately. You don’t need me to tell you all about the news. Let’s be honest, this isn’t that kind of site. But let’s say you’ve made a commitment to stay inside for a few weeks rather than go out and party. You’re going to need some entertainment.

Is streaming really the best choice?

Sure, the internet has enough entertainment to keep you busy for a while. (Understatement of the century, right?) But there’s a problem with streaming. Your experience might be affected by your neighbors. Because of a sneaky cable company tactic, you might find that your internet slows down when your neighbors use theirs.

It’s called “oversubscribing.”

When you get internet from the cable company, they don’t promise that you’ll get the speed you want 100% of the time. Businesses sometimes have the option for guaranteed speed but it’s a lot more expensive. The cable company “oversubscribes” your neighborhood and hopes it isn’t a problem.

Let’s say you live in a neighborhood with ten total homes. You each have 100Mbps service from the cable company. But in reality, the internet line coming into your cul-de-sac maxes out at 250Mbps. If everyone is using the internet at the same time, then everyone will be competing for that same 250Mbps. Maybe you will each get 25Mbps, which is enough to stream HD to one or two TVs. Maybe, that crazy family on the corner with the four kids and smart home stuff “out the kazoo” will take up 100Mbps, leaving the other nine of you to compete for the remaining 150.

You’ve probably felt this pain once or twice when you couldn’t connect during a peak time.

Will cellular save you?

Cell phone internet is often slower than home internet, unless you’re on AT&T’s 5G Evolution or 5G networks. Depending on your plan, your videos may be “stream saved” to a lower resolution. That’s fine on your 5.5″ phone but it’s not going to look really good if you cast it to your 70″ TV.

Not only that, cell towers can get overloaded too. Residential neighborhoods are planned to allow for everyone to use their phones, but with too much traffic they can slow down.

It’s not only that. Most people don’t get the speeds they really want when they’re inside. The solution, a cellular signal booster from Solid Signal, will definitely help if you choose to consume all your TV through streaming on your phone.

The better choices

There’s a way to get a lot of entertainment for free, without worrying about streaming problems. The best part is that you pay once and never have to pay again. I’m talking of course about a TV antenna from Solid Signal. Most areas of the country have dozens of live TV channels. All you need to do is put up an antenna and connect it to your TV. It’s easy and once you’ve done it, it’s done. You’ll get the top rated network shows plus a lot of entertainment you didn’t even realize was out there. The pay-TV companies typically carry less than 25% of the channels you can get with an antenna, and they’re all out there ready for you.

For those who want even more, choose satellite TV. Satellite TV is more reliable than cable, it offers more programs and features, and it works the same whether one person or one million are watching.

Satellite TV solutions from Solid Signal make a lot of sense. You have the option of tens of thousands of streaming programs as well as the ability to get those streaming apps for your favorite channels. Plus you have tons of live stuff you just won’t find anywhere else.

Satellite TV is also the best source for national news, and that might be something you’re thinking about right now. If you are, go to SolidSignal.com and get the help you need to make an experience at home as much fun as possible! Call us during East Coast business hours at 877-312-4547 for a personal recommendation. We’ll make that shut-in time as much fun as possible.

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 6,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.