Buying a Media Player
Media Players 101: How to buy a media player
Media Player Features
Streaming Media Services +
All media players support some online services that stream audio and video media. Netflix, iTunes and Songza are some of the most popular. Many US-based services are not currently available in Canada, but that is expected to change soon. Also, new Canadian-based services such as Roku are coming online as well. If you have a favourite streaming media service, be sure to choose a media player that supports the service.
Internet Browsing +
Most media players connect your television to the limitless potential of the Web. But be aware that some models have limited operating systems (OS), so your browsing experience will not be the same as on your computer. Check the capabilities of a media player’s OS before making a purchase.
Wi-Fi is a technology that lets an electronic device connect to the Internet wirelessly. Some media players come with built-in Wi-Fi, which makes your player more portable and eliminates another cable from your TV area.
Device Controls +
Every media player comes with its own remote control. But many players allow you to control the device from a keyboard or your smartphones or tablet.
Many media players will let you store files internally to play back at a later time. A related feature available on some models is the ability to connect to an external hard drive.
Media Player Buying Tips:
- Find out which media services are supported by a player before purchase
- Check whether Web browsing is available
- Test the control to be sure you like how it operates
- Check for local file storage
- If local file storage is available, check which file types are supported
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Media Player Product Care Tips
- Keep food and liquids away from your media player
- Do not remove the device cover
- For servicing, contact a qualified professional